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Sunday, September 17, 2006

The derby is coming to town!

HOPKINTON

Soap Box Derby racing is coming to town, the downtown to be precise, on Sept. 30.

Bob Barnes, who is in the middle generation of three in his family to race, successfully lobbied selectmen and the police chief to hold races on Church Street.

The gravity-powered races are done in cars made from kits, in the modern day version of a tradition that dates back to the 1930s, when kids would throw together whatever scraps they could find to make a car.

The races, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will coincide with the Hopkinton Polyarts Festival. Barnes said he is expecting 40 to 60 racers.

- Lisa Kocian

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