Racers get thumbs up for going downhill

He said his brother's winning car has been in and out of museums for 25 years. He said his family has accumulated close to 125 trophies from soap box racing.

Steve said you once had to build cars from scratch, but now the cars are mostly assembled already. The driver purchases a floorboard and shell, and a lot of the work is already done.

Ally's car is a limited addition model and the proceeds go to support breast cancer.

While in Akron, both families made sure to see the sites and enjoy their time away.

Steve and Ally attended an outdoor concert, a train tour, and a minor league baseball game.

They also went roller-skating, raced go-carts and went on bumper boats.

Christine and Michael also said they enjoyed the week while in Ohio.

The excitement of making it to the international championship is overwhelming she said.

"It's hard to describe what it's like. "You meet great families from Alaska, Japan, Guam, Europe and Canada," she said. "It's pretty overwhelming if you've never been there before. The cars are going so fast, and there are a lot of crashes."

Ally is considering racing in a rally circuit that runs through the fall and the spring that could also lead to a birth in the Akron tournament.

Michael said he plans on competing in the rally season and will try to make it to Akron for a third time. He will also race in the Capital District in the Masters division.

He also hopes to eventually race in the Ultimate Speed division, where there are no specifications for the construction of the box car.

There will be a Capital District Soap Box meeting on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Masonic temple at 67 Lodge St. behind city hall for anyone interested in the next season.

Miller said the games allow kids to get out and learn the values of teamwork. Even those who do not have experience get hooked one they watch a race, she said.

"Once the see it they get so excited."

She said it gives kids a reason to be outdoors, away from all the computer games and distractions available to them.""

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