Soap Box Derby coming up Thursday

The fourth annual Cariboo GM Soap Box Derby won’t just be for kids this year.

The fourth annual Cariboo GM Soap Box Derby won’t just be for kids this year.

Tammy Tugnum, general manager at Cariboo GM, said they’ve added an adult class this year after she was approached by two ‘royal’ guests who will be on hand for this year’s derby.

Timber Kings Beat Schwaller and Peter Arnold — along with their zany antics — have built their own cars for this year’s derby and plan to go toe-to-toe to find out who the real ‘king’ is at the event, which runs alongside the dealership on Fourth Avenue South.

“It should be a lot of fun,” Tugnum said, noting along with the adult class there will be three different weight classes for the kids where trophies and medals will be up for grabs.

“The kids have a really great time. It’s nothing too serious.”

On top of the races Al Miranda from Cariboo GM’s parts department will be running the Grillverado barbecue by donation with proceeds going to this year’s Harvest Fair, and Dilly Bars will also be for sale by donation.

The Horsepower Hooligans will also be special guests helping run the heats, while Central Cariboo Search and Rescue will be on hand providing first aid.

“We have two carts here so if people haven’t built one of their own they can use ours to race,” Tugnum said.

Anyone wishing to race, however, must bring their own helmet (either a snowmobile or motorcycle helmet).

Participants under 18 must also have their parent or legal guardian with them to sign a waiver.

The fourth annual Cariboo GM Soap Box Derby runs this Thursday starting at 6 p.m.