Let Me Tell You The Tale Of A Hot Rod Race
August 8, 2010 2:10 PM Subscribe
Colin Berry's Spinout
posted by mattdidthat (19 comments total)
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is a a touching, tragic story about his older brother, Kevin. Kevin competed in--and very nearly won--the All-American Soap Box Derby, but lost to Bobby Lange, the son of ski-boot magnate and engineer Robert Lange Sr..
One year later, Bobby’s cousin, Jimmy Gronen, also won the Derby. But officials noticed a strange lurch as Gronen’s car came off the metal starting blocks. The next day, officials X-rayed the car
and discovered a hidden electromagnet Lange had wired to a switch Jimmy activated by resting his helmet against the headrest.
Elsewhere, people are participating in Soap Box Derbies of their own--some legal, others not so much.