Car 49 "The Parkers", engineered by a Ford Motor Company marketing employee and driven by his son, a student at Ann Arbor Christian School, won the third annual Ann Arbor Box Car Derby. The derby, sponsored by Ann Arbor Active Against ALS and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, raised an estimated $4,000 today to help families affected by ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The winning vehicle was designed and built in less than a week from engineered cellulose biomaterials and recycled automotive marketing materials.
In the media:
Ann Arbor Journal: A reporter was covering the event.
Community Television Network: A videographer was covering the event.
ESPN8 "The Ocho": I expected to see them there, but maybe they got there early.
Sat 3/26. Third annual Box Car Derby, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., South University between Oxford and Washtenaw. Teams of kids, plus a team from Phi Delta Theta, race box cars down South U. Fundraiser for Ann Arbor Active Against ALS; details, a2a3.org. Video highlights from 2009, 2010. See you there!
I'm hoping this year's event will be covered by ESPN8 ("The Ocho").
Look here for a list of all the cars that are racing; I'll look for the bracket.
1:21 p.m. We're in the final single elimination round. Photog from AnnArbor.com should have lots of photos up on Flickr tonight. I think I found the ESPN8 stringer.
11 a.m. Race is three heats (all cars compete), then single elimination. The really good teams have a good strong pusher, who gives them a straight run down the street. Steering is essential. Media here: CTN Ann Arbor, Heritage Newspapers. No sign of AnnArbor.com, ESPN. Lots of photographers here.
Edward Vielmetti goes to box car derby races with his two sons, Saul and Jonathan Vielmetti to cheer on Burns Park Kids Club's car "The Green Hornet".