It’s that time of year once again, as youngsters will roar down the street in the annual Ponoka Downhill Derby on Sept. 7. File photo

It’s that time of year once again, as youngsters will roar down the street in the annual Ponoka Downhill Derby on Sept. 7. File photo

Downhill Derby deadline due directly

Ponoka’s annual soapbox race slated for Sept. 7

There remains time if the kids are interested in taking part in Ponoka’s race of the year.

The Ponoka Kinsmen Downhill Derby is set for Sept. 7, but registrations will only be accepted until Sept. 1.

Open to all youth ages 6 to 14, the soapbox derby cars run down 42 Avenue and can reach upwards of 40 km/hr. The cars can be home built or via kits, but for those that don’t have time there is the option to rent or purchase cars that the derby committee has available.

That being said, there are various safety rules and features that must be followed including: a working foot brake, minimum and maximum width and length, rack and pinion or mechanical steering plus specifications for the tires and axles.

The racing will begin at 10 a.m. with the format used to be determined after the number of entrants have been finalized.

Entries will cost $30 up to Aug. 16, after that it will cost $50. That includes a souvenir shirt, lunch and a drink at the race.

Registration forms and more information on are available through the @Ponokadownhill Facebook page.

Once completed, the form can be dropped off at the Ponoka ATB Financial branch care of the Downhill Derby Committee or sent to Michael.york@ponokakinsmen.ca. Payment can be done via cheque to the Kinsmen Club of Ponoka or through an e-transfer to treasurer@ponokakinsmen.ca.