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.