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Everything You Need to Know About Kinetic Derby Day on April 21st 2018

December 11, 2017

  • 1st Annual Kinetic Derby Day Saturday April 21, 2018 in West Columbia, SC on Meeting and State Street.

  • Mark Plessinger, Owner of Frame of Mind brought the idea of the Kinetic Parade to West Columbia in order to bring more arts and creativity to the community.

  • Kinetic Derbys are found in Philadelphia, Baltimore and the West Keys.

  • A Kinetic Parade is a parade of sculptures that look as if they are moving by motors or electric but it is all human powered.

  • Kinetic Derby Day contains 3 major elements.

    • Parade of Kinetic Sculptures starting at 10 am at S. Lucas Street.

    • Soap Box Derby races for adults and kids on meeting st beginning at 11 am.

    • Art, mechanical science activities and family fun on state street.

  • Kinetic Sculpture basic guidelines

    • Must be human powered no motors, or stored energy.

    • Can include a costume rider on a bike or skateboard.

  • Soapbox Derby Adult Categories

    • Need for speed designed for racing gains competitors in the same category.

    • Art cars designed primarily for ascetics.

  • Kids Categories for Soap Box Racing

    • Ages 8-12

    • Ages 13-17

  • Basic Guidelines for Soap Box Construction

    • Must not exceed 8 ft in length.

    • Must not exceed 175 lbs without rider.  

    • Must have working breaks and steering.

    • Must past safety inspection with the pit crew.

    • Must have a tow hook in the front and rear because the cars will be towed together at the end of each heat.

    • All riders must wear helmets, elbow pads, knee pads, and close toed shoes.

    • No flame throwers or grenade launchers.

  • Registration Fees

    • All soap box cars $25.

    • Soap box commercial $25 (any vehicle with a corporate logo or name).

    • Parade entry single rider $20.

    • Parade entry multi rider $35.

    • Parade commercial entry $100 (any float with a corporate logo or name).

  • Soap box start line on meeting st at Brookland United Methodist Church.

  • Competing soap box cars will report to the pit crew in the church parking lot.

  • There will be bleacher in that area for people to watch from the House of Raeford start line.

  • There will be an announcers tower near the start line calling the races.

  • Prizes will be given out for speed, creativity, and best wipe out on the main stage on State St.

  • The artist pavilion is hosted and organized by Jasper.

  • In Addition to innovative artist the pavilion will display the most creative sculptures form the kinetic parade and visitors will vote for the people’s choice award.

  • Kinetic Derby Day is partnering with a boys and girls club of the midlands together they will provide interactive stations related to mechanical science.

  • The kids area will also host soap box derby racing for young children in the  derby cars which were produced for the national soap box derby completion in Ohio.

  • Registration is currently open.

  • Go to the website www.kineticderbyday.com to select the category and pay for your registration.

  • Registration ends April 20, 2018.

  • Interested parties are advised to start creating their kinetic float or soap box car as soon as possible.

  • Proceeds from Kinetic Derby Day will benefit the city of West Columbia Beautification Foundation and River Alliance.

  • Tips for making your derby day construction affordable

    • One check with the Bike Collective for free parts (wheels, pedals, etc.)

    • Corrugated plastic is a great building material and is available in 4x8 sheets for $25 at Flag and Sign.

    • Recycled bottles, plates and a hot glue gun are great ways to give you vehicle  a custom look.

    • Research soap box derby videos on YouTube for how to build and other great ideas.

    • Reach out to Anna Huffman at ahuffman@westcolumbiasc.gov and ask for a speaker to come to your organization.

    • A flying kinetic pterodactyl is available for viewing at city hall for ideas on mechanics.




Register for the Kinetic Parade 


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