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May 23th - 25th, 2014

Annual Squirrel Box Derby

May 24-25, 2014 

Our 8th Annual Squirrel Box Derby is a favorite event of the White Squirrel Festival. This gravity race is the only legal opportunity in Brevard to try to break the speed limit down Jailhouse Hill! All vehicles are hand-built, designed for speed, and decorated creatively. Contestants compete for trophies for the fastest trip down the hill, and the nuttiest design.  In addition, the corporate and business class  competes to win the overall Golden Nut Trophy, which combines speed and design.

Come watch the thrills down Jailhouse Hill!

 

2014 Race Schedule
The Derby takes place during the White Squirrel Festival.

Saturday – May 24:  Ages 8-11 years and Ages 12-17 years

9:00am-10:00am       Registration/Inspection – Participant Set-up (8-11 years, 12-17 years)
9:00am-9:45am          Memorial Day Parade
10:00am-10:30am     Line-up display/judging
10:00am-11:00am     Memorial Presentation of the Wreath
11:00am-12:30pm     Trial Runs
12:30pm-1:30pm        Lunch Break
1:30pm-5:30pm      Races
5:45pm                            Awards Ceremony (Music Stage - West Main Street)

Sunday – May 25:  Ages 18+ years and Businesses

10:00am-11:00am    Registration/Inspection – Participant Set-up (18+ years and Businesses)
11:00am-11:30am     Line-up display/Judging
11:30am-12:30pm     Trial Runs
12:30pm-1:30pm       Lunch Break
1:30pm-5:30pm    Races
5:45pm                           Awards Ceremony (Music Stage – West Main Street)

Parking and Registration Information

Details coming soon.

For more information call Heart of Brevard 828.884.3278

In order to continue to keep safety our #1 priority, here are some guidelines, as you begin designing your entry for May 2014:

  • Braking System: must affect a minimum of 2 of the 4 wheels that are on the ground. We do not recommend that you have two independent brake “pedals” for the primary system. The dominant hand/foot may cause the vehicle to start spinning. *We strongly encourage having a back-up breaking system.
  • Steering Systemmust affect 2 of the 4 wheels that are on the ground.  Try to design to prevent over-steering that can lead to flipping over.
  • To protect the head and/or prevent falling out: a DOT-approved helmet is MANDATORY. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND a roll bar/cage or designing the back of the kart so that it is higher than the driver’s head (in case the kart flips). We REQUIRE a safety belt/restraint.
  • Towing Capacity: we are REQUIRING that you include towing hooks (eye screws) both at the back and front ends for towing up Jailhouse Hill.
  • The propulsion of the derby car is solely driven by gravity. Spring-loaded and shifting, or artificial starting devices are not allowed.
  • Driver cannot have contact with the ground or wheels from inside the derby car.

Other Entry Requirements:

  • Overall footprint dimensions cannot exceed 32 square feet.
  • Wheel base needs to be wider than the height of the vehicle body. *This does not include lightweight safety apparatus (i.e. roll bar, windshield.
  • Total maximum weight (driver & vehicle):  250 lbs. (ages 8-11), 350 lbs. (ages 12 and above).
  • Hand-built and must incorporate some form of bodywork.

Besides the mandatory DOT-approved helmet, we REQUIRE that drivers wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts/jackets, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. We encourage children and youth to wear elbow pads, as well. Major road burn can be avoided with proper clothing.

(Standard derby kit cars will need modification to meet our safety standards. We encourage you to create your own design).

Don’t forget those creative designs for the nuttiest category!

NO ALTERATIONS/ADDITIONS/DELETIONS CAN BE MADE TO THE VEHICLE ONCE IT PASSES INSPECTION (EXCEPTIONS FOR SAFETY WILL HAVE TO BE CLEARED WITH THE EMERGENCY SAFETY DIRECTOR AND HEART OF BREVARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR).

For more information…(pdf documents):

Download the Safety Guidelines and download the Derby application.

 

Don’t miss the excitement of the upcoming 2009 Squirrel Box Derby.  Kids (8-11 years and 12-17 years) will race on Saturday, May 23rd.  Those 18 and over (including businesses) will race on Sunday, May 24th.In order to continue to keep safety our #1 priority, here are some guidelines, as you begin designing your entry for May 2009:

  • Braking System: must affect 2 of the 4 wheels that are on the ground.  We recommend that you do not have two independent brake “pedals” for the primary system. The dominant hand/foot may cause the vehicle to start spinning.  (You may have a back-up breaking system.).
  • Steering System: must affect 2 of the 4 wheels that are on the ground.  Try to design to prevent over-steering that can lead to flipping over.
  • To Protect the Head and/or Prevent Falling Out: a DOT-approved helmet is MANDATORY. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND a roll bar/cage or designing the back of the kart so that it is higher than the driver’s head (in case the kart flips). We REQUIRE a safety belt/restraint.
  • Towing Capacity: we are REQUIRING that you include towing hooks (eye screws) both at the back and front ends for towing up Jailhouse Hill.

Other Entry Requirements:

  • Overall footprint dimensions cannot exceed 32 square feet.
  • Wheel base needs to be wider than the height of the vehicle body.
  • Total maximum weight (driver & vehicle):  250 lbs. (ages 8-11), 350 lbs. (ages 12 and above).
  • Hand-built and must incorporate some form of bodywork.

Besides the mandatory DOT-approved helmet, we REQUIRE that drivers wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts/jackets, long pants, and closed-toe shoes.  We encourage children and youth to wear elbow pads, as well.  Major road burn can be avoided with proper clothing.

(Standard derby kit cars will need modification to meet our safety standards.   We encourage you to create your own design).

Don’t forget those creative designs for the nuttiest or squirreliest categories!

NO ALTERATIONS/ADDITIONS/DELETIONS CAN BE MADE TO THE VEHICLE ONCE IT PASSES INSPECTION (EXCEPTIONS FOR SAFETY WILL HAVE TO BE CLEARED WITH THE EMERGENCY SAFETY DIRECTOR AND HEART OF BREVARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR).

DRIVER OF THE MONTH

3 Responses to “Annual Squirrel Box Derby”

  1. Sandy Miller says:

    I publish an e-newsletter telling of kid/friendly events in the Asheville area. I would like to include the Soap Box Derby. I noticed that while the heading says 2010 the article has dates for 2009. Would you please send me a press release with information that I can include in the newsletter. Thank you, Sandy Miller

  2. This sounds like a fun event. Has it been scheduled for 2011?

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