Children from ages seven to 17 gathered near Thompson Park for the eighth annual Amarillo Soapbox Derby.
There was a new winner in the Super Stock Division, and it’s an unusual champion.
Linzie Nichols just won the Amarillo Soapbox Derby and it was her first race to compete in ever.
Although Linzie’s beginnings with the sport may seem unusual, so is the beginning of the Amarillo Soapbox Derby as a whole.
Wayne Osteen, the Derby’s founder says,”Just got an idea, I said, ‘You know, we need something for these kids in Amarillo.’ And I said, ‘I think I’m going to do a soapbox derby.’ Somebody said the wrong thing to me. They said, ‘you can’t do it.’ And eight years later they’re still scratching their head and I’m laughing and going on.”
After her win today, Linzie will be heading to Akron, Ohio to compete in the All-American Soapbox Derby.
Osteen says, “Both winners get to go to Akron, Ohio, we give both families $1,500 each to go to Akron. They go there and represent us against 600 kids from all over the world. It’s no longer the All-American Soapbox Derby, it’s the International Soapbox Derby now.”