Let them Race! Save the Martinsburg Soap Box Derby

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ROCS Classic Norwalk Soap Box Derby in Martinsburg, West Virginia is the last surviving soap box derby in the area.  After 16 consecutive years of the Soap Box Derby returning to Martinsburg the City Council has denied a waiver for this year that would allow the race to take place.  On behalf of all the children who look so forward to the opportunity to race and feel “Thrill of The Queen Street Hill” I am hoping to establish this petition to change to decision of the Martinsburg City Council.  

This event is part of the larger national All-American Soap Box Derby® which is a youth racing program that has been running since 1934.  The winners from each category get the chance to compete in the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.  The city of Martinsburg even had a World Champion in 2006.

This is a great tradition that has been taking place in Martinsburg and an even better opportunity for the children ages 8-18 from a five-county region near this city to get involved in something that is educational, constructive, fun and brings pride to the people of the town. The Soap Box Derby is more than a signal day of racing down the hill. It is actually a 3-month long event ranging from build clinics, testing, and inspections that lead up to race day. All of these aspects provide great learning experiences for our children from teaching them about engineering, mechanics, sportsmanship, competition and camaraderie.  On the same hill in Downtown Martinsburg where children raced in the 1930s, Queen Street is converted into a family-friendly race track with fast cars, checkered flags, and flashing lights for derby competition.  

But with the recent denial of a waiver the children may not get their chance to experience such a great event.  It is my plea to those who read this that they sign the petition and pass it on in hopes that we can convince the Mayor and City Council that we should be supporting our youth and encouraging them to take part in such activities.  Along with this petition, letters have been sent to members of the city council and local news outlets to try and save the race.  

This petition may not sound like a lot, nor may it seem as important as many other things going on in the world today, but the Soap Box Derby really is more than just a race.

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