Soap Box Derby Racer  (1933)

Soap Box Derby Racer (1933)

Bill Wrigley
A pre-Akron Soap Box Derby racer, built and raced by 13 year old Robert Gravett from Dayton, OH, that become the logo image for the official All-American Soap Box Derby brand for over thirty years. In 1933, Robert competed in the very first organized soap box race in Dayton, OH. He did not win, but a photo of his car, taken by newsman Myron Scott (who also happened to come up with the Derby idea) was considered by Scott to represent the archetypal racer, which he used for the logo. Robert was inducted into the AASBD Hall of Fame in 2000. A replica is on display in the museum located at Derby Downs in Akron, OH. The racer, named "Old No. 7" (not to be confused with the Jack Daniel's brand), was constructed in wood, with the body being made out of sheet metal bent over curved frames. The driver sat upright. As was typical with go-carts of that period, the axles were mounted under the chassis, which was constructed out of 2x4 lumber. The steering column was fashioned from a broom handle, hooked up to an old spoke wheel. Long door springs running parallel to the steering cables on the outside of the car acted as dampeners. Indeed the materials used in the car's construction were whatever young Robert could scrounge up. The original color was black with metallic bronze trim. The only livery was the large No.7 on the hood, something he chose because it was simple to paint. This model is designed from photos of the replica. Measurements and interior workings are a guess. The inclusion of the Soap Box Derby logo in no way suggests that this model is sanctioned officially by the AASBD. Dimensions (measured off actual car) Overall length - 66" Overall width - 30 1/2" Overall height - 26" Wheelbase - 48" Body width - 16" Ground clearance - 4" Wheel diameter - 9 1/4" #Bill_Wrigley #boîte_à_savon #caisse_à_savon #Dayton #gravity_racer #seifenkiste #Soap_Box_Derby #ソープボックス
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