Community Collage: Downtown Derby

"credit" Jessi SmithHOPKINS COUNTY, KY (6/4/13) - The annual Soapbox Derby Race in Madisonville, KY celebrated its fifth year this past Sunday, June 2nd.  Though the race was postponed on Saturday, June 1st, due to heavy rainfall, that didn’t keep anyone from taking part the following day when the race was rescheduled.

“It went very well,” says Assistant Race Director and Vice President of the Pennyrile Soapbox Derby Association Brien Terry. “We finished the racing portion up in record time. A few families from Owensboro [Kentucky] that we rally race with came and helped out. Plus, I think the parents were more involved this year because they had an idea of what to expect. We were really worried with the postponement from Saturday to Sunday that we might lose some drivers. Fortunately, all the drivers ended up coming in and racing the second day which was fantastic.”

Brien says his family started the annual race because his two sons, Alex and Blair Terry, are heavily involved in soapbox derby racing.

This year’s winners are as follows:

Stock Division: Lukas Ramey – Douglas Ramey Law Office
Super Stock Division: Colin Berry – First United Bank and Trust Company
Masters Division: Blair Terry – Patriot Cheverolet

What’s next for those who took home first place in each division? From here, the winners will go directly to the All-American Soapbox Derby in Akron, Ohio.

“The world championships take place in July,” says Terry. “American soapbox derby racing has been going on for 76 years. The home track, where everything is based out of, is in Akron. All the winners advance to Akron, and when they are there these kids are treated like true champions. They always refer to the kids as champs, consistently. They stress that the kids are special. They are special. They had to do something special to get there. They stress sportsmanship. You may have noticed several of the kids shaking hands today when they got through racing. We want everybody to be a good sport and to have fun.”

To see a collection of photos taken by Sugg Street Photographer Jessi Smith, simply scroll down and see these amazing champs in action.

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Sugg Street Post
Written by Jessica Dockrey
Photos by Jessi Smith

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