Is nothing sacred any more? Is there no area of American life beyond taint? Last week, for the first time in the 36-year history of the All-American Soap Box Derby, the winner was disqualified for cheating. James H. Gronen, 14, of Boulder, Colo., forfeited his first-place trophy and a $7,500 college scholarship when X rays disclosed that his car had been rigged to unfair advantage.

It was no simple fix, either. An electromagnet in the vehicle's nose was connected by wire to a battery in the rear. The nose of each car lined up for the race rests flush against...

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