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Soap Box Races

While visiting family in Switzerland we had the chance to go watch a soap box race in the neighboring village. I haven't seen a soap box race since I was a child and it was great fun to watch.

A soap box race (german: Seifenkistenrennen) is basically a car race where drivers (most of them children age 5-12) race down a hill on an obstacle course in their homemade race cars. Now, these cars obviously have no motor and every driver must wear a helmet, so these races are generally very safe. Also, racers start one after the other so there is no danger of two cars crashing. Especially reckless drivers do cause the occasional accident but usually they walk away laughing.

Btw: the name soap box race or soap box derby is due to an American journalist who observed races of children in home made cars in Germany and thought the cars reminded him of soap boxes.







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