Soap Box Derby Racer (1969)

Soap Box Derby Racer (1969)

Bill Wrigley
A Soap Box Derby racer from the late 60s, constructed in pine and plywood. In 1968 and for several years my brother, sister, father, and me participated in Soap Box Derby racing in Ontario and Quebec. My father researched and came up with the design, and taught me how to build the racer. I was 10 years old at the time, so had a lot to learn. I raced the car for three years, supported by my family who accompanied me to all the events. Painted bright red it was dubbed "The Red Baron." Its first year it is was painted blue by our sponsor and numbered "43", which we kept on the car. The blue car is also uploaded to the 3D Warehouse. When I outgrew the car after finishing the 1970 season, brother Derek took over as driver. This racer was a little behind the design trends of most racers competing in the US at the time. It was quite beamy, more than most, and built too light. But it was low and surprisingly competitive, just not fast enough to capture the coveted checkered flag during its five year run. The best we ever did was 2nd, but we did it five times. It was a crouch-forward design with a full curvilinear monocoque made from wood slats over rounded bulkheads, and finished with high-gloss paint. The cockpit was finished with a protective rubber edging. The axletrees were wing-shaped, the axles hard mounted. It was un-upholstered. After a successful five year career the car was retired, and while on display at a shop in Montreal, perished in a fire in 1973. In 2006 Dad built a faithful replica, installing replacement wheels that I purchased on eBay. It has been exhibited at numerous parades in Toronto, Canada, and can be seen in the Soap Box Derby article on Wikipedia. This model is fitted with the Official Soap Box Derby issue 12" wheels, painted standard-issue red. It is equipped with brakes and a steering mechanism. The livery comprises the famous Peanuts character, Snoopy, shown here in his WWI flying ace persona/alter ego, the name of the car and the driver, and race number in roundels on both sides of the rear apron. Dimensions Overall length - 78" Overall width - 34 1/2" (note: regulation standard) Overall height - 19" (note: includes cockpit edging) Wheelbase - 60" Body height - 15 5/8" Body width - 17 5/8" Ground clearance - 3 3/8" Cockpit opening length - 20 3/4" #Bill_Wrigley #boîte_à_savon #caisse_à_savon #gravity_racer #Montreal #seifenkiste #Soap_Box_Derby #Snoopy #ソープボックス
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