published on 09/13/2008
Signal Mountain Resident Ross Faires Enters Soap Box Derby
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Signal Mountain resident Ross Faires (14) recently represented Chattanooga at the 71st annual All-American Soap Box Derby world championships in Akron, Ohio. Following nearly a 30 year hiatus in Chattanooga, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel attorney Michael Stewart resurrected the local competition this past May. Faires captured the local qualifying event thereby earning the right to advance to the nationals where more than 600 racers from thirty-six states and seven countries participated. Faires survived his first single-elimination heat placing him in the top one-third before being narrowly eliminated in the subsequent round.
The Soap Box Derby, known as "the greatest amateur racing event in the world," is a youth gravity-racing program for boys and girls ages 8 through 17 years old. The cars are purchased through the national organization and take between four to six hours to construct. The inaugural season of Chattanooga Soap Box Derby racing was a big success. Parties interested in participating in the 2009 event may visit the national website at www.aasbd.com, or contact Mr. Stewart directly at