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February 24,2012 (La Mesa) -- Youngsters from throughout Southern California and Arizona will compete for trophies and points during two days of Soap Box Derby Rally Races on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5 in La Mesa. The Drew Ford/Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Derby Races provide valuable experience for the 7-17-year old race car drivers as two-by-two they roll down the sloping race course on Junior High Drive next to La Mesa Middle School, achieving speeds up to 24 mph. 

Derby Director Dennis Wilkes said the drivers compete in three divisions — stock, super stock and masters — in double-elimination brackets.  “The cars are built from kits,” said Wilkes.  “It’s a unique parent and child experience.”

La Mesa Kiwanis conducts Rally Race weekends in March and November, with its Local All-American Derby on Saturday, May 19 this year. The club and its sponsors assist the three division winners of the Local Derby with expenses for airfare, housing and shipping the cars to Akron, Ohio, for the week of the National Soap Box Derby held in July. Drivers can also qualify for the nationals by earning points at Rally Races.

For entry information, to be an event sponsor or to sponsor a car, or to advertise in event promotional material, contact Wilkes at 619-709-5777.


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