2013 Soap Box Derby registration meeting Saturday

Soap Box Derby cars again will zoom down Market Street in June as 58 local youths compete for two spots at the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship on July 27 in Akron, Ohio.

Lycoming County children age 7 to 17 who want to compete in this year’s Williamsport Soap Box Derby can register at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

An informational meeting will follow registration, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is mandatory for those who want to take part in this year’s derby.

Participation is free.

“Those interested will get a firsthand conversation at the meeting,” said Jim Campbell, president of Hope Enterprises and derby director. “It’s an opportunity for people to understand what the race is all about and help them determine their interest in participating this year.”

The Williamsport Soap Box Derby will be at 9 a.m. June 15. The event usually runs until about 4 p.m.

More than 1,000 spectators showed up to watch the races last year.

Children registering need to bring copies of their birth certificates. Documents needed to race will be provided to parents and guardians.

Sample cars of both the stock and super stock class will be on display at the meeting so racers can decide which class is right for them.

There will be 32 stock cars and 26 super stock cars available this year, so 58 youths may participate, Campbell said.

Each race is two runs down the Market Street hill, and the race format is double elimination, so each driver will get at least four runs, Campbell said.

The winner of each race is determined by the fastest combined time.

A workshop on car construction will be held at Pennsylvania College of Technology at a later date.

It’s the fourth consecutive year that the Williamsport Soap Box Derby will be run on Market Street, since the race was resurrected in that location in 2010 following a 56-year hiatus.

Major sponsors include the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Backyard Broadcasting, Penn College and the Kiwanis Club of Williamsport.

For more information, call Campbell at 326-3745.