Tyne Valley’s Soap Box Derby a hit with the public

Ancelene MacKinnon
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TYNE VALLEY – Entering Tyne Valley, coloured flags are wrapped around telephone poles that line the streets.

From left, Kristin Taylor, Luke MacCaull who won the award for Best Design, and Ryder Morrison take off down the ramp at the fourth annual Soap Box Derby in Tyne Valley on Saturday. 

It can only mean the day for the annual Soap Box Derby has arrived.

Kari MacWilliams was one of 60 racers at the fourth annual event, held Saturday and part of the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival.

Kari was happy to be part of the excitement.

“I was a little nervous going into it, but it’s really fun.”

Rod MacNeil, organizer of the derby, and said the races have been a great addition to the festival, with this year is marking its 50th anniversary.

“Entertain the kids and the adults will follow,” said MacNeil. “People like the uniqueness of it.”

It’s wonderful to make derby racing popular with the children of this generation, he said.

“It’s amazing how excited the kids are.”

Along with the GoDerby cars there were 16 larger All-American cars taking part in Saturday’s events. Each year, the winner in the All-American cars’ division gets to travel to Akron, Ohio, for the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Last year’s winner, Damian Barlow, was experiencing the joy of soap box derby racing in a much bigger way on that same day, taking part in the event in Ohio and missing out on defending his title in Tyne Valley.

This year’s first-place winner in the All-American Superstock division was Taylor Arsenault in car 76, sponsored by Vector Aerospace. He will be travelling to Ohio this time next year.  

“There’s over 500 cars at that event,” said MacNeil.

Though their event is not that big, it’s getting better every year, he added.

“We have a lot of great volunteers in our community and we’re proud of it. We get complimented each year for it running smoothly. We welcome kids from Tignish to Souris.”

Second place in the All-American Superstock division went to Bradley Hardy in car 10, sponsored by Inland Sand, and third place went to Nathan Boyd in car 9, sponsored by Seafood Express.

In the Soap Box Fun Division, the grand champion and winner of A Division was Zachary MacLeod. Noah Cormier was second while third place went to Joshua Chapman.

In the B Division, first place went to Will Murphy, and second went to Brooke Kelly. Carter DesRoches was third.

Tori Hogan was first in the C Division, while Abby Taylor got second place, and third went to Madelyn Bulger.

In the C Division, Kate Desroches won first, while second went to Cameron McQuaid, and Ellie Bishop was the third place winner.

The award for Best Design went to Luke MacCaull in car 81, which featured a green painted lobster trap with a red lobster fashioned to the front.

 

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