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Marble Falls Soapbox Classic turns Third Street into speedway

Racers zoom down the Third Street hill during a previous Soapbox Classic. This year's event returns to the downtown Marble Falls racetrack June 19-21. Admission is free to spectators. For more on the race, go to www.adultsoapboxderby.com. File photo

MARBLE FALLS — Indianapolis has the Brickyard, and France the Le Mans. Shoot, even Austin has COTA. But in Marble Falls, there is Third Street.

More precisely, the Third Street hill that falls away from Main Street, creating a pull of gravity that sucks soapbox racers along it to the finish line.

With the sixth annual Marble Falls Soapbox Classic speeding this way, racers and fans alike are getting prepared. The event is Father's Day weekend, June 19-21, in downtown Marble Falls. Along with the racing, people can enjoy live music, vendors and more.

“The purpose of this event is simple,” said derby producer Shannon Heep. "(It’s) to provide our community, its families and visitors with a weekend filled with fun, smiles, laughter and the excitement of racing.”

Last year, the Soapbox Classic drew more than 70 registered racers and more than 50 registered derby cars. The fans numbered in the thousands, officials said.

This version of soapbox racing features adults taking the wheel (or whatever the steering mechanism is) and racing down Third Street while spectators cheer and laugh.

Admission is free for spectators.

People interested in racing should go to www.adultsoapboxderby.com for registration, rules and regulations.

The racing starts June 19 with a Show-n-Shine and parade at 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies get things rolling at 7 p.m. The derby cars and racers keep pushing their limits until midnight, making it a great time to enjoy the competition under the lights. The racing resumes June 20 at noon and rolls on through the day.

At 2 p.m., folks can enter the Derby Hat Contest. And if you stick around to 9:30 p.m., Midland (the band, not the city) takes the stage for the street dance.

The Soapbox Classic finals are noon-4 p.m. June 21.

So racing fans — or people just interested in having fun — don’t have to travel across the country or around the world in search of the fastest wheels. Just find a spot along Third Street on Father's Day weekend and watch those wild drivers and their magnificent machines zoom by.

editor@thepicayune.com

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