TYNE VALLEY — Speedsters will be pushing the limits of the law here on Saturday, July 26.
The fourth annual Tyne Valley Soap Box Derby is set to go with 76 cars registered. The action gets underway at 9 a.m. with the winner in the super stock division advancing to the world championships in Akron, Ohio, next year. Last year’s winner, Damian Barlow, will be chasing the big trophy around the same time the derby takes place in Tyne Valley. Those super stock vehicles — there are 16 registered — will ramble down the hills of the village at 43 km/h. The top permitted speed in the area is 50 km/h. The smaller cars run about 18 km/h. The soap box derby serves as the unofficial kickoff for the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival. Rod MacNeill, the derby event organizer, says they’d prefer to have their event on the Saturday of the oyster festival but that isn’t possible. “We have to use one of our main hills here and there’s no way we can shut down the road on traffic on the main day of the oyster festival,’’ MacNeill said. The soap box derby has grown into a rather large event, attracting up to 1,000 people, once pit crews and volunteers are counted. MacNeill said the event is perfect for the area. “We wanted something unique, something that was appropriate in Tyne Valley with those hills that we have,’’ he said.