The annual event, held on Irondequoit's "derby hill" on Lake Shore Boulevard, drew about 60 competitors this year.
Five champions were crowned this past weekend. The Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby was held Saturday on Irondequoit's so-called "derby hill," on Lake Shore Boulevard between Durand Eastman Park and Durand beach.
This year's event brought about 60 youth, ages 9 to 16, out to race.
The young drivers race in one-person cars they build themselves with adult supervision.
This year’s winners are Davey Schaum-Bartocci of Penfield, Trevor Wiesner of Spencerport, Christina Morawski of Albany, Cheyenne Zaremba of Hamlin, and Alex Richardson of Greece. The five are now part of a local team going to the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, July 23
The "local champions" will be joined by a contingent of rally champions, a group of dedicated soap box derby racers who participate in “rally” races throughout the area year-round to amass points to qualify for Akron. The preliminary list of rally champions includes Madi White, Dekovas Finley, Sam Sevor, Jonathan Jobes, Jordan Williams, Michael Morawski, Daniel Raulli, Tyler Mason, Ricky Desens, Alex Beckerink, Madi Williams, Rebekah Hoak, Joey Manna and Corrinne Chick.
Every participant in this year’s derby will receive a trophy and prizes at this year’s annual banquet, coming up from 6 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, June 9, at the Italian American Sport Club, 1250 Buffalo Road.
All drivers’ tickets were included in their registration fee. The banquet cost for adults is $20; $10 for children under 12. Guests and supporters are welcome.
At the banquet, two special awards are also announced: The Robert Giese Memorial Sportsmanship Award and the Pluta Family Volunteer of the Year Award.
Irondequoit resident Mark Scuderi is executive director of the local race and has championed the derby since he resurrected it in 1995. It had not been run, prior to that year, since 1975. Since then, well over 1,300 area children have participated in the derby, bringing home several world championships and one European championship in roughly the past 15 years.
The Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby has five divisions based on geography and size of car. All races are double elimination.
Besides bragging rights, huge trophies, prizes and that coveted trip to Akron, each of the five division winners receives a $5,000 scholarship from Rochester Institute of Technology.