The 2022 Montague Soapbox Derby got off without a hitch under glorious blue skies and mid to upper 70s temperatures. We had twenty competitors geared up and excited to go down the 1st Street hill to shouting spectators lined up in Unity Park.
We had many racers return from previous years, including: Quill Bullock (kids) who won 3rd place last year in the kids division and 2nd place this year; Elijah Eckert (kids) who came in 5th last year and 3rd this year, improving his time by a full ten seconds; Sean Hilliard (adults) in the Turtilladilla cart who came in 5th last year and 2nd this year; Cameron Freeland in his Gillbilly Delux cart, who came in 7th last year and 4th this year; Leslie Jackson, 77 yrs old, who came in 11th last year and 6th this year; Josh Blier in the CRMO Awareness Cruiser, who came in 13th last year and 7th this year, despite his near wipe-out after the long left curve; fire fighter Luke Hartnett who came in 9th last year as well as 9th this year; Ben Goldsher and his girlfriend Kate in the Hawks & Reed cart, who came in 12th last year and 10th this year.
Three racers had spills, the most spectacular of which was by teen division "Troll Pride" racer Lia Little who's steering failed and she careemed to the right on the initial downhill straightaway, rolling her cart into the tree-belt. Ms. Little was pretty shaken up, but after her cart was loaded into one of the ATVs and she took the passenger seat, she was greeted by a standing ovation by everyone at the bottom of the hill, greeted like the Queen. Checking in with the medics, she was deemed to have just have a skinned knee. Adult division racer Shane Jackson also rolled his cart in almost the same spot, but got out of the cart and stood up with a hands up victory jump in the air, covered head to toe in protective gear and not a scratch.
For the first time, all racers were from Massachusetts, coming from Greenfield, New Salem, Erving, Northfield, Orange, Wendell, Gill, Amherst, and of course Montague / Turners Falls.
On the stage we had Russ Brown as our Race Announcer, Jen Peterson as the Official Race Recorder, Rep. Natalie Blais and WRSI morning personality Monte Belmonte as our "Style Judges." They always bring the fun.
The race committee consisted of Peter Chilton of NOVA Motorcycles, Seth Rutherford of 253 Farmacy, Mik Muller of Montague WebWorks, and Jon Dobosz, Montague's director of the Recreation Department, for whom the race was a benefit for, and in the final weeks Dan Burke The Cart Guy, who was of immense help with the stage and ramps. Steve Ellis, Montague's Town Administrator, helped as well and is responsible for getting the derby back up from the ashes of the first run between 2010-2013.
The race committee thanks our primary sponsor GREENFIELD SAVINGS BANK, and specifically John Howland, who has been a champion of the soapbox races in our area. Turners Falls Airport also donated money and lent us the professional walkie talkie radios. NOVA Motorcycles gave of their time and resources including the posters and the venue for cart inspections, as well as Facebook marketing. Montague WebWorks provided the scales, hosted the website, did promotion, and provided historical knowlege. Hale Custom Signs donated a portion of the lawn signs and updated the 10' banner adorning the announcers stage. Greenfield Solar donated their solar truck for power -- the whole event, including the Public Address and MCTV's cameras were powered by their solar truck! Lastly, we thank Paul for the PA system, and all the volunteers, including the large crew from 253. We would also like to thank Montague Community Television (MCTV) who took three-camera video of the whole event. Thank you all!
|AGE||PRIMARY DRIVER||SECONDARY||NUMBER||HEAT 1||LANE||HEAT 2||LANE||TOTAL||PLACE||CITY||STATE||VEHICLE||TEAM|
|12||Hugo Taggert||5||21.58||L||22.38||R||43.96||1||Greenfield||MA||Speeding Scouts||Troop 5 (Boy Scouts)|
|8||Quill Bullock||2368||24.37||L||24.08||R||48.45||2||Greenfield||MA||ECTO-1||Soapbox Busters|
|10||Elijah Eckert||77||25.33||R||24.37||L||49.7||3||New Salem||MA||The Queen||Carpenter Bees|
|14||Jenna Petrowicz||56||26.44||L||26.39||R||52.83||1||Erving||MA||Fast little Indian|
|16||Gage Stanislawski||Anthony Arabia||24b||28.41||R||29.28||L||57.69||2||Turners Falls||MA||TFHS1||TFHS|
|14||Alex Scotera||141||29.12||R||29.06||L||58.18||3||Greenfield||MA||Speeding Scouts||Troop 5 (Boy Scouts)|
|17||Andrew (AJ) Fisher||Zach Keeney||24a||30.7||L||30.89||R||61.59||4||Turners Falls||MA||TFHS2||TFHS|
|13||Lia Little||4||DNF||L||Turners Falls||MA||Troll Pride|
|20||Brian Bodenstein||411||22.71||L||22.81||R||45.52||1||Northfield||MA||Bodie Brothers Racing|
|28||Sean Hilliard||0||22.51||L||23.06||R||45.65||2||Orange||MA||The Flying Hammers||Turtilladilla|
|57||Alistair MacMartin||78||23.58||L||24.25||R||47.83||3||Wendell||MA||Tinman Racing||Tinman Racing|
|34||Cameron Freeland||16||24.03||R||23.97||L||48||4||Gill||MA||Gillbilly Delux||Freeland Racing|
|29||Sam Stevens||2||24.75||R||24.3||L||49.05||5||Montague||MA||Archimedes||Montague Clean Water Facility|
|77||Leslie Jackson||57||24.54||R||24.59||L||49.13||6||Turners falls||MA||Purple||Jackson|
|35||Josh Blier||86||24.9||L||26.17||R||51.07||7||Gill||MA||CRMO Awareness Cruiser||Team CRMO|
|42||Luke Hartnett||35||27.65||L||28.65||R||56.3||9||Millers Falls||MA||Tricky Trike||Fire Department|
|31||Ben Goldsher||34||33.24||L||33.84||R||67.08||10||Greenfield||MA||The Hawk||Hawks & Reed|
|24||Fabricio Yunga||97||DNF||R||Amherst||MA||F40||Poison Ivy|
|51||Shane Jackson||71||DNF||R||Turners Falls||MA||Jackson|
|28||Sean Hilliard||0||Most Funniest Cart||Orange||MA||The Flying Hammers||Turtilladilla|
|12||Hugo Taggert||5||Most Traditional Cart||Greenfield||MA||Speeding Scouts||Troop 5 (Boy Scouts)|
|10||Elijah Eckert||77||Best Paint Job||New Salem||MA||The Queen||Carpenter Bees|