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Photo by Julia Ferrini

Sleekly painted derby cars -- all 44 of them -- had personalities befitting their child drivers, from cheetahs and police cars to a super flash, and all in a bid to win during the second annual Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) Boxcar Derby on Ellicott Avenue Saturday.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jferriniphotographer/bid-boxcar-derby-shows-off-the-hearts-and-souls-of-44-participants/636230#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jferriniphotographer/bid-boxcar-derby-shows-off-the-hearts-and-souls-of-44-participants/636230 Aug 27, 2023, 3:57pm soapbox derby BID Boxcar Derby shows off the 'hearts and souls' of 44 participants jferriniphotographer <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-center"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="soapbox derby" class="image-style-large" height="534" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-08/soapbox-derby-kids-in-cars-1.jpg?itok=RQ5Qa0D7" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Photo by Julia Ferrini</figcaption> </figure> <p dir="ltr"><span>Sleekly painted derby cars -- all 44 of them -- had personalities befitting their child drivers, from cheetahs and police cars to a super flash, and all in a bid to win during the second annual Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) Boxcar Derby on Ellicott Avenue Saturday.</span></p>
New car kits unveiled for return of BID's Soapbox Derby https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/new-car-kits-unveiled-for-return-of-bids-soapbox-derby/634985
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Three of the Soapbox Derby organizers -- Jim Krencik, Shannon Maute, and Chris Suozzi -- with examples of the new soapbox cars that racers will put together and decorate for the 2023 race.

The Soapbox Derby, sponsored by the Business Improvement District, returns for 2023 with sleeker, larger, faster car kits, organizers announced today.

The race will be at the same locations as last year -- Ellicott Street at Richmond, next to Centennial Park in Batavia -- on August 26.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/new-car-kits-unveiled-for-return-of-bids-soapbox-derby/634985#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/new-car-kits-unveiled-for-return-of-bids-soapbox-derby/634985 May 23, 2023, 6:48pm soapbox derby New car kits unveiled for return of BID's Soapbox Derby Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-center"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="boxcar derby 2023" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-05/soapbox-derby-announce-2023-2.jpg?itok=lx-v8b-y" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Three of the Soapbox Derby organizers -- Jim Krencik, Shannon Maute, and Chris Suozzi -- with examples of the new soapbox cars that racers will put together and decorate for the 2023 race.</figcaption> </figure> <p>The Soapbox Derby, sponsored by the Business Improvement District, returns for 2023 with sleeker, larger, faster car kits, organizers announced today.</p><p>The race will be at the same locations as last year -- Ellicott Street at Richmond, next to Centennial Park in Batavia -- on August 26.</p>
Alexander Cub Scouts unveil new track for annual pinewood derby https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/alexander-cub-scouts-unveil-new-track-annual-soapbox-derby/36151

Alexander Cub Scout Pack 650 has been holding pinewood derbies for who knows how many years, but this year was a little different.

The scouts collected more than 20,000 bottles and cans and raised $1,000 toward a new $1,500 three-lane racetrack with all the bells and whistles, and the track was dedicated to the memory of Burton Bigsby.

Bigsby is the late husband of Melinda Bigsby. The former den leader died following a long battle with cancer. His son, Jonathan, is now a Boy Scout in Troop 650 and was the official starter for today's races.

Pack 650 had 28 scouts and Cub Master Jason Davis said all of the scouts and families are very active in the pack.

Participants in the race are given a block of pinewood and instructions on how to cut it into a proper racer. There is a five-ounce weight limit, except in the unlimited division, in which cars can weigh up to a pound.

The event teaches the scouts about sportsmanship along with the craftsmanship of making something, Davis said.

"The race teaches them a little of the skills they'll use later in life," Davis said.

And the secret to winning? Davis said, graphite our axles, hit the weight limit and build a well-balanced car.

Donations that helped pay for the track came from Batavia Police Benevolent Association, Crystal Clear Pools, Select Collision, Harrington's Produce and Alexander Troop 650.

Here are the winners and awards:

Tiger Scouts
1st Place -- Bradley Begiers
2nd Place -- Matthew Wirth
3rd Place -- Paul Schmitt Jr.

Wolf Scouts
1st Place -- Jay Cogdill
2nd Place -- Zachary Salemi
3rd Place -- Caleb Nichols
Bear Scouts
1st Place -- Matthew Jasen
2nd Place -- Vincent Prebeck
3rd Place -- Shawn Calmes

Webelos 1
1st Place -- Jackson Staba
2nd Place -- MacNeil Ruston
3rd Place -- Colton Judd

Webelos 2
1st Place -- Johnathan Worthington
2nd Place -- JT McCarthy

Unlimited 1 pound cars
1st Place -- Cooper Davis
2nd Place -- Jett Davis
3rd Place -- Noah Bruggman
4th Place -- Jay Cogdill

Special Awards
Best Paint Job -- Matthew Jasen
Unusual Design -- Noah Bruggman
Judges Favorite -- Austin Ruston
Fastest Looking -- Carter Edmonds
Scouts Favorite -- Cooper Davis
Most Kid Involved -- James Strang

Participation Super Racers
Carter Edmonds, Jaden Snyder, Oscar Staba, Lukas Ladd, Matthew Cecere, Austin Ruston, James Strang, Regan McPhee, Justin Bennett, Dominic Lamitina, Noah Bruggman.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/alexander-cub-scouts-unveil-new-track-annual-soapbox-derby/36151#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/alexander-cub-scouts-unveil-new-track-annual-soapbox-derby/36151 Feb 17, 2013, 8:33pm soapbox derby Alexander Cub Scouts unveil new track for annual pinewood derby Howard Owens <p></p> <p>Alexander Cub Scout Pack 650 has been holding pinewood derbies for who knows how many years, but this year was a little different.</p> <p>The scouts collected more than 20,000 bottles and cans and raised $1,000 toward a new $1,500 three-lane racetrack with all the bells and whistles, and the track</p>