All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby

Saturday, June 6, 2015

I started my Saturday morning with a trip over to Dunwoody for the 8th annual All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby. 51 children in three different categories were sitting next to their pine wood cars as final preparations and weigh ins were being made as I arrived. There was an air of excitement and tension as racers were given final instructions and cars were brought to the starting line. The announcer came over the sound system and the first of the races, which would last eight or so hours, started as cars came off the starting ramp and drivers sped down the straightaway.

Caleb Martin (center) wipes down his car before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Caleb Martin (center) wipes down his car before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Tessa Martin (left) sits in her car as Byron Pearch and her father John Martin look at the final weigh in before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Tessa Martin (left) sits in her car as Byron Pearch and her father John Martin look at the final weigh in before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Daniel Susca (let) and Noa Lazarian inspect their cars before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Daniel Susca (let) and Noa Lazarian inspect their cars before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Kimberly Brown (center) stops her car from rolling back during the driver meeting before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Kimberly Brown (center) stops her car from rolling back during the driver meeting before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Lander Schultz (left) sits next to his car before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Lander Schultz (left) sits next to his car before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Byron Pearch (left) places a last minute entry into the line of cars before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Byron Pearch (left) places a last minute entry into the line of cars before the start of the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Natalie Christianson (left) and Jim Russell load cars onto a trailer as racers prepare for the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Natalie Christianson (left) and Jim Russell load cars onto a trailer as racers prepare for the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Alexys Grivakis (right) climbs into her car during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Alexys Grivakis (right) climbs into her car during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Soma Hall (center) sits ready at the starting line during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Soma Hall (center) sits ready at the starting line during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Alexys Grivakis (right) and Soma Hall take off from the starting line as Erik Christensen (center) lowers the gate during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Alexys Grivakis (right) and Soma Hall take off from the starting line as Erik Christensen (center) lowers the gate during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Toland Oakhill speeds down her lane during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Toland Oakhill speeds down her lane during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Toland Oakhill speeds down her lane during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Toland Oakhill speeds down her lane during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Jennifer Brown (left) speeds down her lane during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Jennifer Brown (left) speeds down her lane during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Addy Williams speeds down her lane during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Addy Williams speeds down her lane during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Racers near the finish line during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Racers near the finish line during the All American Dunwoody Soap Box Derby at the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in Dunwoody on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

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