Ready. Set. Go! Saturday, May 19 marked the 16th annual Ocean State Soap Box Derby in Newport. Kids from ages 7-17 raced in their kit-built cars down Memorial Boulevard for the right to represent Rhode Island in the national soap box derby championship at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio on July 21.
This year's winners:
1. Anna Murphy, Newport, Casey's Marina
2. Aidan Moriarty, Springfield, MA, Casey's Marina
3. Ashley Ney, Middletown, Viking Riders
4. Zachary Rousseau, Tiverton, Rousseau Landscaping
1. Dante Turano, Westerly, Westerly Lions
2. Austin DiGiacomo, Westerly, Westerly Lions
3. Pandora Walker, Middletown, Viking Riders
4. Madison Rathbun, Westerly, Westerly Lions
Interestingly, both divisions came down to a final race between cousins (Murphy/Moriarty & Turano/DiGiacomo)
Rathbun, who placed 4th in superstock, was last year's stock champ, and place 14th in the national soap box derby last year. Turano is a past stock division champion.