Story and Photos by Malcolm Chalmers (ISN)
June 4, 2013, (ISN) – The 3rd annual Lake Days Soapbox Derby got off to a exciting start last Sunday with time trials being run on Stone Ave. This year a field of 35 racers will be competing for the coveted trophies. Three classes will be racing Ages 6 – 9, 10 – 13, and the Open Age class.
The start ramp at the top of Stone Ave hill, site of the 2013 Lake Days Soapbox Derby Thursday June 6, 2013 – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
Drivers in the 6-12 age group concentrate on the left hand turn at the top of the track in Lake Cowichan – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
The coveted Lake Cowichan Soapbox trophies – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
Sundays time trials will help set the field with the fastest Derby cars racing each other on Thursday evening, June 6, 2013. The track on Stone Ave, a down hill left hand curve with a wicked off camber right hand kink leading to the finish. It has spun out more than one driver, it will undoubtedly provide some exciting finishes.
Alex Rudzik in the M&M Meat Shop car is helped back on the track by his mother/pit crew after a spinout on the way to the finish line – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
In time trials 35 seconds was the fast time, that works out just over a speed of 30kph witch is unfortunately in a posted 30kph zone. Lake Cowichan RCMP will have their radar guns on location posting to the speed board to hi light the incredible speeds these Derby cars will generate. Lake Cowichan RCMP have assured me that cars exceeding the speed limit may be impounded for possible use by the RCMP in next years race.
Watch your speed – it’s a 30 Kph zone – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
There are 10 kids registered in the 6-12 age group The fastest racer in that group, Hunter Williams driving the Just Jakes sponsored car posted a time of 40 sec.
Alex Rudzik, Category 1 age 6 – 12 in the M&M Meat Shop sponsored Derby Car – Dad/owner John Rudzik looks on in the background – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
Noah Steven Parsons in the End of the Roll car is helped by his pit crew to make the first corner. Category 1 age 6 – 12 – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
In the category 2 – the12 – 16 age group independent driver Luke Martin and Miles Gibson driving the Swatzky entry both posted 40sec with the unsponsored Trey Hill coming precariously close to the possible impound speed with 37sec.
Soap box cars can reach speeds of 31Kph on the down hill track in Lake Cowichan BC – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
The open category including crowd favourites the Lake Cowichan RCMP and BC Ambulance service posted 43sec and 42sec respectively. Gary Miller in the Miller Electric car posted the fast time of 35sec.
BC Ambulance Service vs the Lake Cowichan RCMP will be just one of the grudge matches not to miss – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
And the crowd goes wild in Lake Cowichan at the time trials of the Lake Days Soapbox Derby Time Trials – Photo by Malcolm Chalmers Photography
The Lake cowichan Soapbox Derby, Thursday evening at 6pm is part of the 2013 Lake Days celebration on this week. For more information about events visit http://cowichanlakedays.com/, then come out and join the fun. For more photos of this years Lake Days events visit www.malcolmchalmersphotography.weebly.com.