Conner Russell earns a ‘straight shooter’ award at the fourth annual Little Lightning in the Valley soapbox derby for racing straight down the Argyle Street track on Saturday, July 20. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Soapbox derby a success in uptown Port Alberni

Organizers say an adult racing category is coming for 2020


Special to the News

There were 30 plus entries in the fourth annual Kinsmen Soap Box Derby on Argyle Street, Saturday, July 20.

Dubbed ‘Little Lightning in the Valley’, the event drew competitors and spectators alike to lower Argyle, where the street was closed off to all but soapbox racer traffic for a few hours on Saturday.

Racers’ cars were powered by nothing but gravity. There were a few crashes but nothing too serious.

Lucas Huysmans won a trophy for best time to beat: 30 seconds flat. This is the second year in a row he had the same fast time, according to his mother, Krista Huysmans.

“He felt pretty nervous on his fastest run; it was a bit scary,” she said.

Blast from the Past trophy went to Anders Bell, 9, who went as Capt. Jack Sparrow in his racer called the Black Pearl. Bell has been a participant in all four years of the races history.

Future Engineer went to Victor Ferguson and Aston Bouter. People’s Choice went to “Pizzachu” Jacob Tinkess, 10 and also to Julia Paul, 11, for assisting her sister Nadine, 7: when Nadine’s soapbox slowed to a stop Julia pushed and ran behind.

Straight Shooter honours went to Jacob Amero, 8, and to Conner Russell, 11. Best dressed went to Joelle Servatius, 7, and Owen. Hard Luck awards went to Devon Johnson and Leyland Jordan. Top crash went to Paige Barker.

Of special note is next year there will be an adult category, so ladies and gentlemen start your carts.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Jacob Tinkess coaxes his Pizzachu racer down the Argyle Street course during Saturday’s soapbox derby, presented by the Alberni Valley Kinsmen. Tinkess won People’s Choice for his racer and costume. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

DERBY TEAMWORK Julia Paul gives her sister Nadine’s soapbox racer a nudge when it stalls partway down the Argyle Street course during the Little Lightning in the Valley event, Saturday, July 20. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Joelle Servatius, 7, was named best dressed racer for her unicorn costume at the fourth annual Little Lightning in the Valley soapbox derby. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Comments are closed

Just Posted

ARTS AROUND: Alberni Valley artists come together at Rollin Art Centre

New exhibit features First Nations paintings and carvings

Search and rescue crews continue to look for missing Black Creek hiker

Searchers scouring Strathcona Park near Gold River for experienced 65-year-old on 40-kilometre trek

West Coast Hockey Prep Camp returns to Port Alberni, a little smaller

Prep camp owners rolling with COVID-19 changes, including smaller classes

A LOOK BACK: Port Alberni’s fireboats

Delve into the city’s past with the Alberni Valley Museum’s online digital archives

Vancouver Island communities receive gov’t funding for infrastructure projects

Huu-ay-aht First Nations builds community with $1.8M grant, one among six on Island

Police issue warning after baby comes across suspected drugs in Kamloops park

The 11-month-old girl’s mother posted photos on social media showing a small plastic bag containing a purple substance

Collision results in train derailment just east of Golden

The derailment occurred Sunday night, according to a statement from CP

Lower Mainland woman says llama farming neighbour shot her 11-month-old pup

Young dog was on owner’s Maple Ridge property when it was killed on June 21

B.C. records 31 new cases, six deaths over three days due to COVID-19

There are 166 active cases in B.C., 16 people in hospital

B.C. highway widening job reduced, costs still up $61 million

Union-only project scales back work to widen Trans-Canada

Greater Victoria nanny pleads guilty to child porn, sexual interference charges

Johnathon Lee Robichaud pleaded guilty to slew of sex crimes

Most Read