SBD NZ Finals 2011
The NZ International SBD Trust holds the NZ Franchise to the All American Soapbox Derby races in New Zealand and currently 5 Rotary Clubs host the races.
Finalists from these local races compete again in the NZ Finals with the NZ Champion racing again in Akron, USA in the AASBD finals.
In 2011 four of the race centres competed in the Finals - and two other special races in celebration of the Rugby World Cup took place.
Photos, links news articles and the Clubs involved follow:
NZ Finals 2011
The New Zealand Finals of the All American Soapbox Derby was held at Whangaparaoa on Sunday 10th April 2011 at Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay.
Waitakere Rotary's Soapbox Derby
Twenty four Finalists from four race centres competed to find a New Zealand Champion to represent us in Akron, USA at the World Finals on 23rd July 2011.
The 2011 NZ Champion is
Aaron Kinge from Waitakere Primary
The New Zealand car that will race in Akron in July
Redwood Panel and Paint in Swanson sponsored the painting.They used a paint new to NZ - crushed pearl - that catches and reflects light in pin pricks of different colours.
Photos from the 4 race centres and the photos and results for the Finals are shown below
Waitakere Race Photos
Waitakere Rotary 2011 Soapbox Derby
Waitakere Rotary Newspaper Articles
Waitakere Rotary Newsletter #6 - Finals
Enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Auckland East Rotary
Auckland East Race Photos
Eastern Bays Courier Article 8/4/11
Auckland East Rotary website
Northcote Race Photos
Northcote Rotary website
Whangaparaoa Race Photos
Hibiscus Matters Article 13/04/11
Many other Hibiscus Matters Articles on the Soapbox Derby. What great supporters of this Event!
Whangaparaoa Rotary website
Whangaparao Race Track:
NZ Final: Whangaparaoa Rotary
New Zealand Finals Photos
Western Leader Article 14/04/11
Waitakere Primary School Newsletter 13/04/2011
Hibiscus Matter Finals Article 13/04/11
The Rodney Times NZ Finals Article 12/04/11
There were 4 sets of races (for each set of races drivers raced twice - once in each lane. The total time of these two races determined the drivers' times. The fastest drivers progressed to the next round)
The races were:
The Race Draw for Race 1A
Whangaparaoa Rotary - RWC Special Derby
Labour Weekend 2011 was the time for a special event in New Zealand - the Finals of the Rugby World Cup <Go the All Blacks!>
Rodney hosted a number of events over the weekend to celebrate this - and Auckland Council asked Whangaparaoa Rotary to run a special one off Soapbox Derby in their fan zone area prior to the match.
Entry was open to all participants who raced in 2011 and ten teams took up the challenge - 1 from East Auckland, 3 from West Auckland and 6 from Whangaparaoa.
Three masters cars and the 2011 NZ Champion also turned up for a spin down the track.
It was a great day for a spot of relaxed racing and all involved had an enjoyable time.
Photos by Heather Pattison
Whangarei Sunrise Rotary - RWC Soapbox Derby
The Whangarei Soapbox Derby was held in September in honour of the Rugby World Cup. 20 schools took part with each school representing one of the 20 countries in the RWC
Whangarei Race Photos by Heather Pattison
More Photos by Dave McCluggage
Whangarei Sunrise Rotary Website
The day the National Drought Broke
Girl Guide Hall Renovations