Spectators are invited to cheer on members of Menlo Park Boy Scout Troop 222 taking part in a soap box derby at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.
The race of homemade, gravity-powered cars will take place on Lawler Road, just west of Interstate 280, in Woodside.
For several weeks, the scouts have been working on their cars at The Wood Leaf Inc., a custom cabinet shop in Redwood City.
After completion, each patrol team took its car to paint and add personalized styling for race day, as well as the sponsors' names or logos.
For more information, see the news release below from Jeff and Brett Anstrom of Troop 222.
NEWS RELEASE Feb. 7, 2011
Boy Scout Troop 222 brings back the Soap Box Derby!
MENLO PARK, CA - The Soap Box Derby is back! After several years, Menlo Park BSA Troop 222 is bringing the Soap Box Derby back to their Troop on the mid-Peninsula. Come see the scouts race their homemade, gravity powered cars down Lawler Road in Woodside on Sunday February 13, 2011 at 1:00PM.
The scouts started their weekend building sessions back in December at a local custom cabinet shop, The Wooden Leaf, Inc. in Redwood City. Working with website plans, scouts used 'Green' plywood to construct the body of their cars.
Next, scouts adapted steering linkage, a front axle and wheels to the race cars. Then, the all-important braking systems were fabricated from the online plans.
Each patrol team took their car to a private location to paint and add their own personalized styling for race day as well as the sponsors' names or logos.
The Boy Scouts received tremendous community support to help make this event happen.
Local sponsors who donated time, equipment and funding include; Argon (Radix) Systems, Chislett Equestrian Centre, D&M Traffic Services, Giga-OM, Ladera Recreation District, Nolasco Construction Group, Peninsula Custom Homes, Inc., The Wooden Leaf, Inc. and Young and Borlik Architects.
Troop 222 scouts spent several weeks of hands-on work building these Soap Box Derby cars themselves. Spectators are welcome to come cheer them on at the big race Sunday February 13, 2011 on Lawler Road in Woodside off Sand Hill Road just west of 280.
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More information about Troop 222, Menlo Park, CA can be found at www.bsatroop222.com.