Soapbox race for Corvette's 60th
CHEV'S SOAPBOX HERITAGE: Above shows a 1934 Chevrolet soapbox car which won the Indianapolis Soapbox Derby in the same year.
A Soapbox Challenge over September 22/23 2012 will be part of the historic Kop Hill Climb event in Princes Risborough, England, which was closed in 1925 but revived in 2009.
Chevrolet’s iconic sports car, the Corvette, was named by former journalist and photographer Myron Scott, in Ohio, USA. Scott suggested using a non-animal moniker beginning with the letter "C" and the sports car name has continued for 60 years.
Scott is also known for creating the Soapbox derby itself after seeing youngsters making their own cars in his home city. He later set up the annual Dayton Soapbox Derby, believed to have been the world's first.
Like the event at Kop Hill, Chevrolet has kept close ties as the US automaker celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Corvette. Chevrolet UK managing director Mark Terry said: “Grassroots motorsport is very much part of Chevrolet's DNA. As indeed is the pioneering spirit of great engineers.
"The teams designing the soapboxes for Kop Hill may well go on to be the innovators of tomorrow and Chevrolet is a brand that stands firmly behind supporting talented youth.”
The challenge is open to competitors aged 10-17 who will be invited to participate in the design, construction, maintenance and racing of a soapbox cart. Entrants will compete as part of teams with a maximum of six members. The Soapboxes will be evaluated on their engineering, aesthetics and overall performance.
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