Posts Tagged ‘Soap Box Derby’

A patriotic kiddo prepares his very aerodynamic ‘Spitfire’ for a run down Cross Road, Fullarton, Adelaide in the Winter of 1941…

We all start to race somewhere, I ‘progressed’ from billycarts! I wonder if this dude took steps beyond the Unley Soap Box Derby to bigger and better automotive things in the years to come? Love the schoolkids formal cold weather attire- caps, cloaks, coats and ties very much to the fore.

The run down Cross Road, from ‘the old gum tree’ to Fullarton Road attracted a crowd of 15,000! people to watch 100 competitors achieve speeds of up to 70 km/h. The crowd is indicative, I guess, of just how starved people were of any form of entertainment during the long, bleak, difficult war years.

Photo Credit…

State Library of South Australia

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Gilbert Klecan won the first post-war ‘All American Soap Box Derby’ by covering his machine and himself in graphite, his ‘Unfair Advantage’, Akron, Ohio on 9 August 1946…

This shot gave me a chuckle, reminding me of my own ‘billy-cart’ days. The tight ’46 finish is shown below, the wonderful tradition of these events continues to this day.

Credit…

Racing One

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