A news­pa­per ap­pear­ance eased the loss.

Reminisce - - Our Lives - TOM DOUD • CORN­ING, NY

BY JULY 1965, AKRON, OHIO, had al­ready hosted three decades of All-Amer­i­can Soap Box Derby races, but this would be the first lo­cal derby for Corn­ing, New York. The race, with about 100 par­tic­i­pants, was a sin­gle-elim­i­na­tion, brack­et­style tour­na­ment with two cars at a time squar­ing off. The win­ner, Joey Du­dick, earned a trip to the world tour­na­ment in Akron.

I had spent months build­ing my derby car. Ed­die Hy­der, owner of Hy­der’s Gro­cery on Mar­ket Street, was my spon­sor. Even though I lost my first heat and was elim­i­nated, I found short-lived fame when my pic­ture was taken dur­ing trial runs and it ap­peared in The Corn­ing Leader, our lo­cal news­pa­per.

TOM WAS 15 and wore No. 50 when he en­tered the in­au­gu­ral Corn­ing, NY, Soap Box Derby race.

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