Sunday, March 22, 2015
The 'Acer Racer' at the Soap Box Derby 2015
And they're off! Our Soap Box Derby team competed in the Auckland Eastern Zone competition yesterday. It's a day where trolleys could be racing down the course at around 60kph in about 30 seconds. Venetia Joyce, Yvone Vili-Tesi, Chyrus Valoa and Talita Va'afusuaga were our 2015 Year 6 drivers, in our eye-catching, shiny 'Acer Racer' car. Actually the car is not new, but the body paint is - it now has a specially made silver chromed covered skin, kindly sponsored by Acer Inc who also provide chromebooks (netbooks) for our Year 4-8 students.
The race took place on Stonefields Avenue, beside the AMI Auckland netball courts which is only a 5 minute drive from school. The Pit Crew on the day were Flynlay Kake, Waimaria Scott and Aysha Lote with the meticulous coach, our associate principal, Garth Jacobsen and his wife Elaine, the efficient manager as the team leaders. There are many benefits for our students, who learn about the design and mechanics of a soap box car, and put into practise, the teamwork that's essential for this competition.
The six fastest teams in this weekend's competition will go through to the New Zealand finals on March 30 and the top driver at nationals gets to hit the track at the World Championship in Ohio.
Soap Box derby races are a very big deal in America - check this out: All American Soap Box Derby. If you want to see a spectacular race with some impressive, creative cars - then watch this clip: