Down and derby

Soap Box Derby races down Hanover Street in Palo Alto

Kids ages 7 to 17 raced down Hanover Street in Palo Alto Saturday, May 19, for the 6th Annual Palo Alto Elks Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby.

The annual race is a big local draw and the winner in each division will represent Silicon Valley in the All American Soap Box Derby World Championship on July 21 in Akron, Ohio.

This year's winners in three categories are:

Stock winner: Jenna Masnaghetti, 9, of Palo Alto

Super Stock winner: Zachary Abraham, 11, of San Jose

Masters winner: Veronica Harris, 15, of Campbell

Masnaghetti and Abraham will represent Silicon Valley in the 75th world championships in Akron, Ohio. Harris will race in Tuolumne in June for the Northern California championship. If she wins that race, she would represent Northern California in the world championships, Chris Harris, assistant Silicon Valley derby director, said.

"The race atmosphere was as beautiful as the sunny weather, with good sportsmanship and camaraderie as the drivers cheered on the other racers, and stayed to the end clean up. Many a new friendship was made as new drivers and experienced drivers shared driving tips and war stories as the day progressed," he said.

All participants received trophies, with larger awards for first- through eighth-place winners in the Stock and Super Stock categories.

The May 19 race isn't the last for the year in Palo Alto, Harris said.

"Most kids will be back in the fall to start the rally race season and get more 'seat time' in their cars to perfect their skills in preparation of next year's big race. We typically race two to three races a year in Palo Alto, and many kids race up and down the West Coast during the race year," he said.

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

There is cool, and there is super-cool, and then there is this. Beyond coolness!

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Posted by Audrey Abraham
a resident of Los Altos
on May 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Awesome race Zachary! You did great, we are so proud of you. Can't wait to see you race in Akron, Ohio at the World Championship!

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Posted by Mike Mckinney
a resident of Evergreen Park
on May 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

YO Zacky great job dude. My dream coming true after 50 years but it's my granson who finally made it to Akron Ohio. Very proud of you Zack. This will be one of the greatest moments in your life, believe it. So enjoy every minute. Unbelievable achievment at age 11. Big koo doos to you and may you win the BIG ONE in Akron. All the best.
Love, granpa.

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