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mik - Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 6:07 P
Looking For Bike Parts
Hey all. The Montague Soapbox Race is back on this coming September, and my buddy Ben Goldsher is entering a cart for Hawks & Reed. He has enlisted the help of Ben Mailloux of Half Pint Homes to build it, and we’re looking for a used bike. Willing to pay, but a donation would be accepted as well. Any kind of bike will do, though a kids bike with foot brakes would be higher up our wish list.

Also, if any one out there wants to enter a cart, too, or maybe be a sponsor of some kind (the race is a fundraiser for Parks & Rec), you can check out for more info.

There will also be a race in Greenfield the Sunday before. If you’re building a cart, you may as well race in both.

Or… give us you’re unused kids bike. :-)
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mik - Mon, Apr 28, 2014, 4:45 P
Derby This Year
Hey folks,

Sorry to say it, but I don't think there'll be a Soapbox Derby this year. MCTV has enough on its plate this summer and fall to be able to spare any resources to run the derby, and I need to focus on my business, so unless an organization steps forward to run it, I'm going to skip a year.

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JanetMasucci - Mon, Sep 23, 2013, 2:28 P
No live broadcast?
Yes, there were a myriad of problems setting up and recording the Soap Box Derby, it is a big and complicated task. I am impressed at how well the MCTV staff and volunteer crew kept their cool and held it together, problem solving one thing after another. It was my pleasure to be part of the process. I think we got a recording, so you will have to see the race post-production, Art.
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mik - Mon, Sep 23, 2013, 10:47 A
No live broadcast?
Yes, we looked forward to broadcasting it on MCTV as well. But, despite our best intentions and testing -- someone sabotaged the line from the park down to the port we normally plugged in to broadcast. The wire was laid out on Thursday, and tested multiple times. So, probably Saturday night someone came along and compromised the cable in multiple locations. We found one of the points, but not the other(s) on Sunday morning when the staff was setting up. No matter what we tried, the station was getting only black from the park. Oh what a world. Next year we try something different.
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Art - Mon, Sep 23, 2013, 9:40 A
Mik: What happened to the Soap Box Derby on MCTV? I have gone every year but due to illness looked forward to watching it on TV this year. Art
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mik - Tue, Aug 6, 2013, 12:22 P
2013 Montague Soapbox Derby is ON!
Attention Soapbox Derby Racers!

Get ready to race in the Montague Soapbox Derby on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013!

Visit our website to sign up for one of the 100 available racing slots. We've kept the advance racer fees at the same rate to make it affordable. Sign up right now! As an incentive, the first 25 racers will get some free derby shwag.


We are also looking for race day volunteers; please let us know if you can help. We've got t-shirts and other collectibles for volunteers, and will provide refreshments.

Good News For Local Businesses

We are working with many local public access TV stations so we can air the race live on more area cable access stations this year in addition to Montague, including Greenfield, Shelburne, and very likely Bernardston / Northfield and the Deerfield area as well. We can offer some great publicity to the fine local businesses who have sponsored the Derby as well as some new ones. Space is limited, so if you know of a business that would like to be a sponsor, please let us know. All sponsors will not only have a hay-bale banner at the race, but will be mentioned on the air by the announcer, as well as showing up in print on the screen. Don't miss it.

We will also be listing sponsors on our Facebook page as they come aboard. Please check it out, like it, and pass it on.

For those of you who participated last year, note that we will have 2 reliable back-up generators to avoid any electrical interruptions. We apologize for last year's long interruption and will conduct intensive public relations to boost attendance.

If you have questions, please visit the website. All will be answered there.

Many thanks!
Mik Muller, Race Director
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MichaelNelson - Tue, Apr 16, 2013, 8:47 P
Soapbox derby Carts in Spring Parade
Looking like a rainy day on saturday. Parade has been postponed to Sunday, April 21st at 1pm
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pallan - Mon, Apr 15, 2013, 4:02 P
Soapbox derby Carts in Spring Parade
And after you've shined up your Soapbox Derby cart for the Spring Parade keep it ready to roll in the BLOCK PARTY PARADE at 2pm on August 10. Woo-hoo!
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mik - Tue, Aug 21, 2012, 3:20 P
Looking for beach chairs
I'm looking to upgrade the seats of two soapbox carts. If you have an old broken or unwanted cheap-o folding beach chair (the small one) and don't want it anymore, please let me know. I'll stop by and grab it. I need two. Color and material don't matter. Thanks.
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mik - Wed, Apr 4, 2012, 1:34 P
Soapbox derby Carts in Spring Parade
Racers from the Montague Soapbox Derby or any of the other local races are invited to walk in the Franklin County Annual Spring Parade in Turners Falls on Saturday, April 14th!

Please bring your cart to Crocker Avenue between Montague and Davis Streets near Sheffield Elementary School by 11:00am. We are float #31. Look for the banner and other carts!

Make sure your cart has a strong hook on the front and the back so you can hook up to the cart in front of you.
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joelandry - Wed, Mar 28, 2012, 1:59 P
North East Soapbox Derby information
Mik has put together a Website that has a lot of information about Soapbox Derby races throughout the North East.

Thanks Mik
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mik - Sun, Mar 11, 2012, 2:57 P
Soapbox Season Starts Soon!
I'm thinking of fixing my cart up a little and having a test run down some local hills some upcoming weekend day. Who's in?
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mik - Wed, Sep 14, 2011, 10:29 P
Looking for a PowerPoint Pro
Montague Soapbox Derby is looking for someone to put together a nice PowerPoint presentation for the derby. Will include Underwriters, sponsors and advertisers. As a fundraising event the position won't be paid cash, but instead you get a t-shirt, a pint glass, and a slide in the presentation to be accompany the shoot broadcast live -- and repeated several times throughout the month on MCTV and other local stations, and again in subsequent years.
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thegarth - Tue, Sep 13, 2011, 8:35 A
Looking for bike wheels
I have 2 16.5" wheels attached to an old baby jogger frame...if any/all of that is useful...I can leave it out in the driveway for someone....
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mickjen - Mon, Sep 12, 2011, 7:06 P
Looking for bike wheels
I'm sure there are plenty in the drained canal....

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Mark1 - Mon, Sep 12, 2011, 4:46 P
Looking for bike wheels
Check our shed if you want - not sure what Bella's bike is. You'll be giving it back, right?
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mik - Mon, Sep 12, 2011, 2:38 P
Looking for bike wheels
I'm looking for a kid's back bike wheel and chain. The rim needs to be 13 1/2 inches on the outside (not including tire). Already asked Joe.
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junkman - Wed, Aug 17, 2011, 5:24 A
Why don't you guys put your energy into building a soapbox derby car. Call it " The Political Piss Pot " or something along those lines. Or Jimmy Cracked Corn... Or maybe a car like on Animal House. that was a cool car.

Anyways the derby is coming. It would be neat if there were a few rivalries battling it out for the trophy. Kind of like the conversation on this board. Only at the derby you will win atrophy. Not sure what the prize is on this board.
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junkman - Fri, Aug 5, 2011, 7:01 A
Battle For The Title
The Soapbox race is quickly approaching. Battle of the bars/towns would be a neat thing to see. In my opinion, the odds are stacked for one of the 3 bars enterring the race. Hands down. Unless someone else wishes for a great challenge.
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mik - Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 3:46 P
Kyle Bry at the races
Kyle Bry's dad Bill uploaded this quick piece of his race.
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mik - Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 3:44 P
Dave Larue at the races
David "Lash and Crash" LaRue put together a great 3-min video of his runs at the Montague Soapbox Races
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mik - Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 3:40 P
John Landino flips his cart
Here's a short video of John Landino flipping his cart at the first annual Montague Soapbox Races in Turners Falls, MA, on Sunday, September 19th, 2010
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stew - Tue, Sep 21, 2010, 8:20 A
It really was a blast - fun for the whole family. Even my 10 month old grandson had a blast pulling up all the grass in Unity Park and playing on the swings! Fun, fun, fun!
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Jmpar - Mon, Sep 20, 2010, 8:54 A
Had a good time
Congratulations to all !!!!!
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BillBry - Mon, Sep 20, 2010, 6:52 A
What a great day! Thanks Mik and crew for wonderful memories for my Son Kyle and me. Kyle had such a great time he wants to do it again next week, so we will keep our eyes open for other races in the area.
We would also like to thank our sponsors who provided parts and pieces for us to build our car, without them we would not have been able to participate as safely and professionally as we did. A special thanks to all the spectators and fans that came out, it is a great learning experience for our kids to perform in front of large crowds.
Special Thanks to Helen and Jim (brakes) (shocks) (sheet metal) (wheels)

Dick Moody Machine (brake mount hubs) (Design and fabrication) (Design, fabrication and driver)

Picture gallery from day one start of construction to a podium finish in the Teens division.

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