Williams Lake RCMP Sgt. Mike Hacker (back

Williams Lake RCMP Sgt. Mike Hacker (back

Soap box racing not for fools

Cheers and speed gave way to sirens and screams when the Williams Lake RCMP broke up a hazardous street race Sunday morning.

Cheers and speed gave way to sirens and screams when the Williams Lake RCMP broke up a hazardous street race Sunday morning.

Garage-built hot rods, assembled with love and passion, were pitted against one another in a competition of speed in the most dangerous of venues on South Lakeside Drive.

At the scene, Horsepower Hooligans car club member Kyle Giesbrecht plead his case to police following the bust.

“This is truly the most affordable way to race,” Giesbrecht screamed at the RCMP. “These cars are built by the little guy, the home hot rodder, the young guys who can’t afford to go out and race NASCAR or haul a car to the nearest track to drag race.”

The event, however, was not without incident.

Williams Lake Sgt. Mike Hacker told the Tribune these hooligans are misguided.

“Racing on the street is unsafe, at any speed,” Hacker said.

“There is a time and place for these types of shenanigans.”

If you are interested in racing your creation, the Fourth Annual Soap Box Derby is coming up on June 19 at Cariboo GM.

Everyone is invited for some family fun and, of course, some racing.

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