Gravity Grand Prix brings excitement

June 15, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A warm, but not too hot day greeted Soap Box Derby participants, their families and friends Saturday on Kendall Avenue in Portsmouth. Todd Book and Dan Cassidy led a group of volunteers which kept things moving along throughout the day.

The fifth annual Portsmouth Soap Box derby, is organized by the Portsmouth Civic Forum, and the turnout appeared to be one of the largest since the race returned in 2009.

Two classes competed Saturday - the Stock division is for boys and girls ages 7-13 and the Super Stock division for ages 9-17.

Doug Coleman, Scioto County Commissioner, was walking up and down the course.

“My grandson competed last weekend in Charleston and came in second,” Coleman said. “He really enjoys this.”

Lots of parents were giving advice, with the most prominent being - “keep your head down” and “Don’t hit your break until you cross the finish line.” Book had the job of keeping the brackets straight and keep the cars coming down the hill. The crowd cheered as each race came off without a hitch.

The winners from the race in Portsmouth will advanced to the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron to compete. That race is slated for late July.

Editor’s note: Results were not available at press time Saturday.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.