Kids on a roll

Le Messager Lachine & Dorval - - LA UNE - DA­VID COX da­

FA­MI­LY. Th­ree, Two, one…go! Dor­val fa­mi­lies came out in full force for this year’s Soap Box Der­by. The 38th an­nual ver­sion was big­ger than pre­vious years and ad­ded some ele­ments that made it a day-long fa­mi­ly event.

Ex­ci­ted chil­dren and smi­ling pa­rents li­ned Fe­ne­lon Ave­nue to watch the ra­cers zoom down the hill. At the bot­tom were the two po­lice of­fi­cers using ra­dars for the speed check. Af­ter ma­ny races, six kids be­came the he­roes of the day.

The Group A win­ners, were the 7 and 8 year olds William Ja­cob, Jesse Ricard and Tho­mas Sau­riol. In Group B, it was Na­than Lo­pez­la­cha­pelle, Phi­lippe Du­ri­vage and Ni­co Del Bos­co who came out on top of the 9 to 12 year olds..

«I love this event,» said the mo­ther of four ra­cers, Irene Flo­ra­kas, who has come to these events for ma­ny years. «All my chil­dren have ra­ced in the Der­by. My el­dest son is 13 now, and too old to race so he is vo­lun­tee­ring ins­tead.»


Each soap box car was spon­so­red by mem­bers of the lo­cal Dor­val Main Streets bu­si­ness as­so­cia­tion. The win­ners of the day were happy and loo­king for­ward to the fu­ture races.

«Our prime ob­jec­tive was to of­fer a fun and ex­ci­ting day for Dor­val kids and fa­mi­lies, but we al­so want to show case and en­cou­rage our lo­cal businesses,» says Béa­trice Cuz­zi, an or­ga­ni­zer of the event and part of the 87 mem­ber as­so­cia­tion.

A lo­cal Sub­way, the Bar Lai­tier Non­na and Ca­fé Gour­met met the needs for lunches, cof­fee and de­serts, and there was al­so a kiosk with Lo­ry Fleurs, sel­ling fresh apples flo­wers and ho­ney pro­ducts. Re­nais­sance pro­mo­ted their ac­ti­vi­ties wi­thin the Po­pup Lounge, where blow up couches and chairs were set up in the shade.

This year al­so mar­ked the first ap­pea­rance of some VIPS, as the École de tech­no­lo­gie su­pé­rieure (ETS) came with a pro­to­type single-ri­der car, and Bom­bar­dier sho­wed off their own Soap Box ra­cer built by some young en­gi­neers. Both were wel­co­med and ad­mi­red by the kids and their pa­rents.


(Pho­to: TC Me­dia – Da­vid Cox)

Some races were clo­ser than others, but all the kids en­joyed their time in the spot­light.

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