Mission derby almost here

Local soapbox racers are revving engines as event nears its Jun. 20 kick-off date

Soapbox racers are revving their engines as this year's event nears its Jun. 20 kick-off date.

The Mission Soapbox Derby – the oldest, still active derby – is just days away, and there are still some spaces to fill.

“We could use some more racers and volunteers,” said volunteer coordinator Keith Hine.

The 2015 Mission Soapbox Derby takes place Saturday, June 20. Currently, 34 racers have signed up but capacity is 65, said Hine.

As well, 40 or so additional volunteers would be helpful to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.

Races for boys and girls are available, ages  8-14. Adult racers (15+) can also participate. The derby is open to anyone, and those without a soapbox car can select one of 18 available.

It will cost $30 for young participants, and $50 for adult racers.

Everyone receives three runs. Races are won by the fastest time. The quickest overall time for the day will receive a $500 bursary. In addition, a $500 bursary will go to the fastest racer from Mission.

Hine said they are also still awaiting dignitaries to volunteer to race. Tradition is to have the Abbotsford and Chilliwack mayors race one another for bragging rights, though that arrangement doesn’t appear likely this year, according to Hine.

There will be martial arts demonstrations, and hot dog and pudding eating contests, along with other vendors supplying eats, treats and services.

Sonic radio station, Mission Springs Brewing Company, Tim Hortons and many other sponsors have already extended their support for the derby.

To register or volunteer, contact Hine at (604) 820-2048 or at volunteering@missionsoapbox.com.

Registration forms can be found at missionsoapbox.com/Resources.html. Check missionsoapbox.com for re-scheduling dates in case of rain-out.

Just Posted

Trial underway in marijuana ‘compassion club’ case

Bob Woolsey of Mission says police abused their power in 2015 investigation

Boy, 15, reported missing from Abbotsford

Kailum Staples was last seen on Nov. 10

Freezing rain expected on the Coquihalla

Wet weather expected to cause issues on B.C. highways

PHOTOS: 22nd annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Photographers and onlookers come out to see the spectacle

Mission Christmas Bureau now open

This year’s goal is to top the $100,000 mark to help those in need

VIDEO: Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

This year’s event featured six stops, including viewing points and activity centres.

Maple Ridge principal offers hope over lunch for Downtown East Side residents

Harry Hooge elementary principal Kristi Blakeway started program in 2013

Boy, 15, reported missing from Abbotsford

Kailum Staples was last seen on Nov. 10

5 to start your day

Traffic up on toll-free bridges, a Surrey woman groped and more

LGBTQ advocates want military, RCMP to take part in apology

“These are all the organizations that perpetrated past discrimination against the LGBTQ community.”

Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman

An auditor has found that Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman, when they can get through

B.C. mining company stakes claim in Australia

Copper Mountain is set to purchase Cloncurry Copper Project in a $93-million deal.

Methadone treatment not as effective for mentally ill, homeless: study

SFU study suggests unstable housing makes it hard to stick to treatment regimen

Wet weather expected for much of coastal B.C.

The Weather Network is calling for up to 200mm of rain to fall in some areas of the South Coast and Vancouver Island

Most Read