Monday, May 11, 2009
The new Amarillo Soap Box Derby
The Globe-News weekly photo series, Windows of the Past, spotlighted the Amarillo Soap Box Derby 60 years ago. More than 8,000 gathered along Gem Lake Road as 14-year-old Billy "Peewee" Fry won the local race with a top-end speed of more than 30 mph. He earned a trip to the nationals in Arkron, Ohio.
After at least a 25-year hiatus, the Amarillo Soap Box Derby is back. It's back this weekend beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday on NE 24th St. just to the south of Thompson Park. More than 20 cars are entered in the event.
The Soap Box Derby is the idea of local realtor Wayne Osteen, who has been a bulldog in seeing it come from nothing into what he expects to be an annual event. Like it was 60 years ago, the winner will advance to the nationals later this summer in Akron.
It's a slice of Americana. If you have some time Saturday morning, check out the races.