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Area celebrities in West Columbia prepare for upcoming old fashioned soap-box derby race

West Columbia, SC (Jimmy Poluszek) - There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned soap box derby race to pump some excitement into a community. Saturday morning, a practice run for the Kinetic Derby Day that will be held on April 21st was set up in the eastbound lane on Meeting Street in West Columbia to give some area leaders who will be participating in the derby a good idea of just how fast the soap box racers will be going as they speed down the street. After all, these cars that are used in the Kinetic Derby are unpowered and only use the pull of gravity and a hearty push from a friend to propel them forward. The road was boxed off with a series of pylons from 400 to 500 Meeting Street, and police officers manned some barriers as the practice runs began.

The practice event wasn’t open to the public, but media outlets were able to step in just to showcase the practice and make people aware of the upcoming derby. Two different soap box cars were brought out and were tested by a small number of selected, celebrity racers.

One of the racers Saturday was West Columbia City Councilman Tem Miles who was game to give a racer made from a West Columbia trash roll cart a go. After making his run Miles said, “I had a great time on the run, but we are going to do some tweaking on the carts to make them faster, maybe some bigger wheels for sure. The derby is going to be a great event. I hope that lots of people join us; I think they’ll have lots of fun!”

The Derby itself will be held in April and is open to anyone who wants to participate. The staff in charge of putting the event together is hoping to have at least 30 participants for the real race. If you want to get involved, you can go to for more information on how you too can be a part of this event.

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