Cariboo GM vehicle consultants Marilee Vickers (from left)

Cariboo GM vehicle consultants Marilee Vickers (from left)

Ladies and gentleman, start your soapboxes

Speed and fun will be the theme Friday, June 19 when Cariboo GM hosts its third annual Soap Box Derby.

While there won’t be the roar of engines, speed and fun will be the theme Friday, June 19 when Cariboo GM hosts its third annual Soap Box Derby.

Kids of all ages have been tasked with building the coolest, fastest soap box they can concoct and will be pitted against one another for an evening filled with racing and family fun at the local dealership.

Cariboo GM general manager Tammy Tugnum said it’s been fun to watch the event grow in popularity over the years.

“The first year we just had a few kids,” Tugnum said. “We had more than 50 entrants last year.”

The only rule: soapboxes must have four wheels and brakes.

“The kids have a blast,” she said. “It’s a free, family event and we’re going to continue to do it.”

The Cariboo GM Grillverado will be on site for a barbecue by donation, with all of the proceeds going to the Williams Lake Child Development Centre.

Also up for grabs will be the prestigious Piston Cups awarded to the fastest racers of the evening.

The Horsepower Hooligans car club will be helping to organize race heats, and the Williams Lake RCMP will be there with a radar gun. They’ll also be hosting a rollover simulation in the Cariboo GM parking lot.

Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and have their CareCard number.

Registration gets underway at 6 p.m., with racing to start at 7 p.m.

If anyone needs tips on building their soap box contact Cariboo GM technician Leo Nieuwland at 250-392-7185.

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