Caribo GM salesman (from left) Dave Sacchetti

Caribo GM salesman (from left) Dave Sacchetti

Soap box derby a first of its kind

Cariboo GM in Williams Lake is hosting the first ever Williams Lake Soap Box Derby June 22 at the local dealership.

Lorne Doerkson, sales manager and partner at Cariboo GM, is inviting everyone in the community out to the first ever Williams Lake Soap Box Derby.

“The course is going to go from the top of the hill by Cariboo GM on Fourth Avenue,” Doerkson said, adding the event will be held June 22 at 6 p.m. “There’s going to be some great head’s up racing.”

The event is being held as a fundraiser for Kids Running for Kids, who are raising money for BC Children’s Hospital, and plan to deliver that money  after running, relay-style for the distance it takes to get from Williams Lake to Vancouver this summer.

There will also be a barbecue at the derby, with all of the proceeds going to KRFK.

Adults and kids are invited to build their own soap boxes to enter in the races.

“People can enter however they want, as teams or individuals,” Doerkson said, noting sign up will be done the night of the races. “We’ll probably have three classes and we’ll make the classes based on combined weight between the car and driver.”

Building a soap box is simple enough, he said, and noted kits are available in town or online.

“There’s lots available in town to build these,” he said. “The deal with the soap boxes is it has to have brakes, and the driver will have to have a helmet on.”

Doerkson said there should be some interesting cars entered in the races; however, the cars can be as simple as some wheels attached to a piece of plywood.

“There are some units that sound like they’re going to be a bit fancier,” he said. “The car club is building one and it’s going to be something else. Leo Nieuwland from our shop has got an aluminum hood on his and it sounds like it’s headed for the spray booth soon.

“But, if people aren’t able to make their own we’ll have a couple carts for them here. They can come down and sign up and race. We just want to have some fun. With the Laker’s Car Club coming down with all their hot rods it should be really good and it’s a bit unique.

“This is to celebrate hot rods and summer.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A string made of deer hide was cut by Tl’etinqox elder Melanie Bobby (centre) to mark the grand opening of Chilcotin River Trading Wednesday, March 3. (Chilcotin River Trading Facebook photo)
New gas bar opens in the Chilcotin at Tl’etinqox

Chilcotin River Trading opens its doors

Cariboo Memorial Hospital emergency doctor Sarah Dressler comes off a night shift on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Our Hometown: The doctor is in the house

Cariboo Memorial Hospital emergency doctor Sarah Dressler was born and raised in Williams Lake

The Williams Lake Trail Riders Arena is slated to have a new roof installed this spring after funding from the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Trail Riders Arena, stable stalls, to get new roof at Stampede Grounds

Some of the stalls currently aren’t able to be rented out due to leaks in the roof

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
43 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

368 cases in the region remain active

A sign is seen this past summer outside Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Yunesit’in First Nation completes second round of vaccinations

A total of 26 people have since recovered from COVID-19 after having tested positive

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Pxhere)
B.C. research reveals how pandemic has changed attitudes towards sex, health services

CDC survey shows that 35 per cent of people were worried about being judged

Some Canadians are finding butter harder than usual, resulting in an avalanche of social media controversy around #buttergate. (Brett Williams/The Observer)
#Buttergate: Concerns around hard butter hit small B.C. towns and beyond

Canadians find their butter was getting harder, blame palm oil in part one of this series

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends deadline for tourism, small business COVID-19 grants

Business owners expect months more of lost revenues

Anti-pipeline protests continue in Greater Vancouver, with the latest happening Thursday, March 4 at a Trans Mountain construction site in Burnaby. (Facebook/Laurel Dykstra)
A dozen faith-based protestors blockade Burnaby Trans Mountain site in prayer

The group arrived early Thursday, planning to ‘block any further work’

Mid day at the Vancouver Port Intersection blockade on March 3, organized by the Braided Warriors. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
Anti-pipeline blockade at Vancouver intersection broken up by police

Demonstraters were demanding the release of a fellow anti-TMX protester

(Government of B.C.)
Backcountry skiers are dwarfed by the mountains as they make their way along a mountain ridge near McGillivray Pass Lodge located in the southern Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Avalanche Canada has issued a special warning to people who use the backcountry in the mountains of western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Avalanche Canada special warning for mountains in western Alberta, eastern B.C.

Avalanche Canada also says everyone in a backcountry party needs essential rescue gear

Most Read