Derby Growing More Popular

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

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The annual Queen City Soap Box Derby is a sanctioned event tied to the All-American Soap Box Derby. The tradition goes back 60 years.

The Queen City Soap Box Derby is one of only two soap box races in Mississippi. Danny Hill brought the race back to Meridian for six special reasons.

"All my grandkids are in it now," said Hill. "So this is something I just wanted them to enjoy like I did when I was young."

The Queen City race has two divisions: stock car races for drivers under 110 lbs. and the Super Stock Car division for drivers up to 150 lbs.

Drivers must be between eight and 17 years old to compete. The super stock cars can reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

"Just going down the hill is quite an adrenaline rush," said Tori Boyken, "and then the time that you spend working on it is a lot of fun, too."

"I like racing in cars, going down hills. It's fun to go fast," said Tucker Rawlings.

This marks the fourth year for the Queen City Soap Box Derby. In that four years, participation has more than tripled."

"It has grown lots faster than I thought it would," said Hill, "because I never dreamed in four years that we would be at 38 cars."

Winners in the Queen City Soap Box Derby go to the finals week in Akron, Ohio, this July, where they'll compete for scholarship prizes.

"You'll see all the grandparents there. You'll see cousins and you'll see aunts and the whole family comes out for this," Hill said.

"I want to win. I think I'm going to win and go to Akron and race for the champions," said Kyle Boyken.


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