Soap Box Derby competitors vy for prizes today in Cortland


Lia Brammer of Poland is a veteran Soap Box Derby competitor and a returning local champion. She’s only 12 years old.

“I still get pretty nervous at times, but I know what to do,” she said just before the start of competition at the Greater Youngstown Area Soap Box Derby Saturday. Her track record proves it. She won the Stock Division in Cortland last year and took three heats in the All American Soap Box Derby championships in Akron before failing to place.

No matter the outcome, she will be returning to Akron in the Super Stock Division. She already amassed enough points to be declared a “Rally Champion” following indoor winter competitive racing as far east as Rochester, N.Y., and as far south as Maryland. “I still want to win here,” she said today.

For the second consecutive year, the GYASBD held the races on a 1,000-foot downhill grade on West Main Street here.

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