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Soap Box Derby Rolls into Tallahassee

It's been called the greatest amateur racing event in the world, and after a 30 year hiatus, the All American Soap Box Derby is rolling back in to the capital city.

"This is the story I wrote, My Big Day. It says the most unforgettable experience I've ever had happened on the early morning of July 4th, 1962."

That big day is forever captured in a home video reel. The day 12-year-old Ronnie Youngblood was crowned the Tallahassee soap box derby champion.

Ronnie says, "When I crossed the finish line it was like a dream come true that I was a soap box derby champion."

Some 40 years later the pictures are fading, but that remarkable race is eternally etched into memory. It's a journey that lead a small town boy from Florida to the Buckeye State for the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron.

Even though Ronnie was eliminated during the first heat, he says being named the capital city champ changed the course of his life.

The first Tallahassee soap box derby in decades will take place this Saturday at Southwood’s entrance starting at 9:30.


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