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MFG Union City Supplies Car Parts for the Famous Soap Box Derby
Components from MFG UC were chosen this year for the All American Soap Box Derby’s Master Stock racing cars. The event, begun in 1934, allows boys and girls ages 8–17 to compete in homemade, non-motorized cars for scholarships and other prizes. The 989-foot downhill racing course is sometimes referred to as the “Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World” and the “Gravity Grand Prix”. Science, technology, engineering and math all factor into the design of these gravity-powered racing vehicles.
This years’ event brought 509 final contestants from 43 states and 3 countries to Derby Downs in Akron, OH — along with thousands of fans from around the world. MFG UC molded approximately 100 pieces of four different sections of the Master Division car — including nose, tail, hatch and headrest. The race has three divisions, the largest is the Master Division featuring custom cars driven by boys and girls 10–17 years old, weighing up to 170 lbs.
Longtime MFG teammate Barb Volkmar commented, “I remember more than ten years ago when MFG UC molded racing cars — it’s neat to see them come back as a new project”.