The Northern Maine Soap Box Derby group is again host to the state race on Derby Hill. Racers from around Maine can enjoy "the thrill of the hill" on Houlton Maine's Derby Hill at Community Park.
The specially engineered hill is being set up this morning for the start of the Maine State Soap Box Derby Race.
Never gravity raced, been involved with a boy or girl that did with a kit car put together by the driver?
Watch last year's Maine Soap Box Derby Race 2010 video.
The Soap Box Derby Program started in 1934 and is a very worthwhile local event to put your volunteer time in to. The Houlton Maine race program has 60 volunteers that show up year after year to help set up the hill, tech the cars for safety, handle the awards and food for the party afterwards and tear down of the track.
The winner of the Houlton Maine soap box derby race heads to Akron Ohio for the All American Race next month.
Here are some pictures of yesterday's Houlton Maine Soap Box Derby State race tech day.
We worked from noon to 8pm to get the derby racers and their families, driver thru the process of a total car check over.
Safety is the number one concern.
Competitive fun the second mission.
I am checking in this morning early to upload a few images and head for the hill. My four kids all derby raced, two went to Akron Ohio in 1998 and again in 2001 to represent Northern Maine in the big Akron Ohio All American.
If you are looking for a very rewarding, fun event that is youth oriented.
And a heck of a good work out lifting lots of pretty heavy cars on and off trailers.
This good sportsmanship event is hard to beat.
The cars are like NASCAR personality without the gas fumes and high RPM blue printed, punched and ported engines.
Gravity is your engine, the shortest line to the bottom and the winner of two phases of each heat is what kids master to be able to work their way up the brackets.
Will have another Maine soap box derby video to post.
And it will be a long day with the rain clouds overhead adding to the intrigue and mystery on today's race getting completed.
Rain or shine or snow, the race will be run.
And we remind parents, drivers to prepare for any kind of weather.
Bring rain gear, sunscreen, keep hydrated for a long day of derby car racing.
We live in Maine.
I would love to share my family's experiences with soap box derby and to help you get a local race going in your area.