Residents of the Indianapolis suburb of Westfield, Indiana are encouraged to get together in downtown Westfield this Sunday August 9, 2009 between 3 and 6 p. m for the town’s answer to the Indianapolis 500. The Westfield City Council will be presenting the first annual Grand Junction Derby in front of Kelties restaurant at 110 S. Union St.
The Westfield soap-box derby will be a gravity powered downhill race for the first 100 yards, then two team members will help the driver finish the heat by pushing the car uphill for another 100 yards. The rules for building a soap-box car for the Grand Junction Derby are simple. The car must be homemade and fit within the confines of an 8X8X8 foot box and, while no motors are allowed, brakes are not optional.
Anyone can race their soap-box derby car in the Sunday spectacle for an entrance fee of $20 and the entire community is invited to watch the event for free. The Westfield City Council wanted to create an event which could promote community gathering and offer family friendly fun in the downtown area. Food from the BBQ will be available for purchase at the event and an outdoor concert will be held after the race featuring the local Indianapolis band, Lemonhead.
The proceeds gathered from the event will benefit the Westfield Neighborhood Association and the Heart and Soul Clinic. The Heart and Soul Clinic will be opening this October and will offer medical services to the uninsured of Hamilton County.
The suburb of Westfield, Indiana is about 10 miles north of downtown Indianapolis near Carmel and Noblesville. Indianapolis soap-box derby fans should visit the community event in Westfield in addition to checking out the Wilbur Shaw Soap Box Derby Hill at the corner of 30th St. and Cold Springs Rd in Riverside Regional Park just south of Butler University where the racing season goes through September.