Sport: Soap Boxers

Along a big new concrete chute at the Akron (Ohio) airport last week, 130,000 people, more than regularly attend any U. S. sporting event except the Indianapolis auto races, jammed together to watch the finals of the fourth annual All-American & International Soap Box Derby. The racers, selected through elimination races sponsored jointly by the Chevrolet Division of General Motors and 120 U. S. newspapers, had been having the time of their lives for three days at Chevrolet's expense in Akron's Mayflower Hotel. Their vehicles were miniature rubber-tired automobiles constructed by the contestants at a maximum cost of $10. To carry...

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