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Race car
A Soap Box racer guides his car down the course  
Driver
This driver is concentrating on victory  

Kids get on their 'soap boxes' on Capitol Hill

July 11, 1998
Web posted at: 10:11 p.m. EDT (0211 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Hunched in motorless, pod-shaped cars with names like "Assassin," and "Blonde Bombshell Three," 40 children competed in the 57th Annual Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Saturday under the shadow of the U.S. Capitol.

The day-long event pitted the driving abilities of children ages 9 to 16. The derby is a qualifying event for the All- American World Championship, to be held August 8 in Akron, Ohio.

The children competed in three divisions: master's, superstock and stock. To drive in the master's, contestants must operate a homemade car built from scratch. The other divisions allow cars made from kits.


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