Maine State Soap Box Derby 16th Annual Race In Houton Maine Today...Dodging Rain Drops.

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Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

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.

tech day soap box derby photo

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 houlton maine soap box derby tech daythe 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 maine soap box derby racing family 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.

tech day houlton maine civic centerWill 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.

Comments (5)

Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Andy, Hard to believe it's already been a year since I watched your Soap Box Derby video!  Good luck with the weather!

Jun 18, 2011 12:34 AM
Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

This is really a slice of American life that cannot be forgotten about!  A soap box derby's is as 'American' as apple pie!  Too bad this event is not as big across the rest of the nation anymore.  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 18, 2011 01:11 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

It's pretty big in Houlton Maine since 1996. This race was a wet one. But the kids, drivers and workers, parents had fun. It was a hoot. maine soap box derby

Jun 18, 2011 02:21 PM
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

I love reading your posts each year on the soap box derby in Maine! It is such a great event for the families of Maine.

Cal

Jun 18, 2011 03:44 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Cal ... It was a hoot and editing the video loops this morning, will post. I love being part of this program. Here is the final video for Maine State 2011 Derby Race.

maine soap box superstock winner frankie white

maine soap box derby winner chris bruen

 

Jun 19, 2011 01:21 AM