We had a great day at Joe Landry's house today built my daughter a cart with John Stewart (thanks for the barn hinge). And of course thanks to Joe for all the bike parts and use of your tools and help with cutting up the many bikes you let us have. The race will be better because of your help.
Joe Landry's cart (driven by yours truly) came in first place in the first heat, and in the final free-for-all at the end... edging out the other eight competitors. At the award ceremony at the end we won the "Most Agile Soapbox" award. This was the cart to beat.
Joe is planning to make some modifications, and will be racing it in September at the Montague Soapbox Races.
I am selling my car and looking to acquire some form of a cart trailer for my bicycle. I want to have something custom built, but don't know where to start?
I want a trailer that would have a wooden box base, that I could easily haul laundry or groceries in, but also to attach a wire cage frame on top, to accomodate my two smaller dogs. The child carriers I see around usually have velcro enclosures and I know one of my dogs would try to escape, if passed by a loud truck.
I was thinking something with tires about the size of a child's bike, nothing too rugged, but able to go up to the Plains as well.
Any ideas on who I could talk to? Where to get the equipment to attach it to the bike and a pivot? I'm haven't investigated with any of the local bike shops, just hoping someone could help make my dream a reality!
I'm getting calls from many people, four of them so far, telling me stories of soapbox derbies they were in when they were kids. The most recent one was told to me by an officer of the Montague Police who said he had a class trip some time in the early 1980's where about six or eight kid-driven carts went down 1st Street hill, starting about half-way down. He's looking for a photo he thinks he may have.
Here's the list of other races I know about so far:
Early 1980's: 1st Street hill, Turners Falls
1963: Old Home Days race, South Street hill, Montague Center
1950: Millers Falls / Erving-side
1947-1949: 3rd Street hill, Turners Falls
There was another race on Maple Street in Greenfield. Can't recall the year at the moment.
If you recall other races, or have details about these or better yet PHOTOS, please let me know. You can post here or contact me directly.