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One man with a dream, to race homemade derby cars down the streets of Nevada City, made his wish come true. Rich Bodine, a Nevada City Resident and father of two was the dreamer and he found a way to make that dream a reality.
Pioneer Park is the central park to the residents in Nevada City and as a Scout leader Bodine noticed the park could use some help.
Bodine’s Nevada City Adult Soap Box Derby races have made many improvements to the park over the past 3 years and they have more projects on the “To Do” List for this year’s proceeds.
Starting at high noon on Saturday, June 22nd, 42 teams will line up Indy-style in rows of three, at the top of a ½ mile downhill course on Nimrod Street in Nevada City. In just under one minute, most will reach the bottom at speeds exceeding 40 mph! Others will take their time and entertain the crowd!
This year, roughly two-thirds of the teams have entered as “Speed” teams, with names like the Rusty Rockets and the Tube of Terror! Art car entries include giant Mr. Potatohead piloting a Radio Flyer wagon, and a rolling outhouse flushing its way down the hill!
Drawing over 4,000 people annually the Nevada City Soapbox Derby is truly a “community” event. “Through sponsorships, from local companies like AJA Video Systems and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Bodine has been able to raise more than $25,000 over the first three years to help make improvements within the city park.
Pack your kids, pack the sunscreen, and pack your lawn chairs as you head up the hill to Pioneer Park in Nevada City this Saturday afternoon for a fun-filled FREE event that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!