This Fourth of July, Streets of Conshohocken Were Once Again Roaring with Kids Rip-Rolling in Soap Box Cars

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Images via Conshohocken Soap Box Derby.

With the return of the Soap Box Derby, the streets of Conshohocken were once again roaring with kids rip-rolling in soap box cars this Fourth of July, writes Matteo Iadonisi for 6abc.

Images via Conshohocken Soap Box Derby kids
Images via Conshohocken Soap Box Derby.

The annual tradition that will hit its seventh decade next year has deep roots in the riverside borough. Some families have been participating in the event for decades.

“It’s a family event,” said race director Mark Marine. “You gotta be here all day. Everybody’s involved.”

Last year the race had to be canceled due to the pandemic, which left many children—and adults—devastated.

“Believe me, I was heartbroken,” said Marine. “So, this is exciting.”

Roughly 40 children competed in one-on-one races in personalized, homemade soap box cars. The fastest racers are being considered for a trip to Akron, Ohio, where the national tournament will take place the week of July 20.

“It’s as American as apple pie,” said former racer Bo Donovan. “The kids learn how to use tools, they learn how to win, they learn how to lose.”

Read more about the annual Conshohocken Soap Box Derby on 6abc.

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