The first Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Soapbox Derby race raised approximately $7,000 for future youth programs on Sunday.
The annual derby kicked off at the Skeena Mall parking lot at 10 a.m. and ran until 4 p.m. on August 5. More than 50 people got into soapbox cars and launched from the top of two constructed ramps in the parking lot, cruising down the single-lane race tracks buffered with bails of hay.
Soapbox cars were brought in for the fundraiser courtesy of Ray-Cam and Naskarz, youth programs based in Vancouver. The souped-up cars were mixed in with some team sponsored models, including one from the RCMP. Dan Aird of Draw Construction built the ramps for the derby.
There were also some notable challenges on the racetrack that day, including Mayor Carol Leclerc against MLA Ellis Ross. Proceeds raised will go towards supporting future YVC programs.