Soapbox derby features record number of entrants

From The Macon Telegraph

There was a soapbox cart in the shape of an ambulance, and a team of ambulance chasers, also in an ambulance-shaped racer. There was a soapbox carrot and a soapbox radioactive banana.

At Sunday’s 4th Annual Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby, there were carts in literally all shapes and sizes, and more than ever before -- 23 entries to be exact, nearly twice as many as last year -- but in the end, the result proved to be the same.

Driver Ron Cleghorn pulled out his third victory in as many years, recording the best run of the afternoon in Team Bearfoot’s race car-styled cart in 11.0 seconds.

But for Cleghorn and the majority of the participants, as well as the more than 1,000 people who lined the hay bales to watch the race, the trophies are secondary to the enjoyment of having the derby itself.


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