Soap box racers ready for Evening Express derby, Portland, 1936

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Soap box racers ready for Evening Express derby, Portland, 1936

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On July 25, 1936, one hundred and twenty eight contestants competed in the Evening Express-Chevrolet Motor Company soap box derby on Park Avenue in Portland, Maine. The morning before, contestants had their vehicles inspected at the Exposition building.

The overall champion of the day Earl Hudson of Tolman Street, Westbrook, won a trip and entrance to the National Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, on August 16, 1936.

Many other prizes were given to winners in several categories, including; fastest time, best-looking car, best upholstery job, and the best breaking system. Five heat winners were given a 30 minute ride in the Gannett Publishing Company's speedy Stinson monoplane.

This photograph was in the Portland Evening Express on Friday, July 24, 1936.

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  • Title: Soap box racers ready for Evening Express derby, Portland, 1936
  • Creation Date: 1936-07-25
  • Subject Date: 1936-07-25
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.851.1
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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