With scrap lumber and a dream, young Bob Turner became the first All-American Soap Box Derby world champion in 1934. Over the next seventy years, pushed by curiosity, ingenuity, and determination, thousands more follow in his footsteps to try--for at least one day--to become the most famous kid in America.
Champions, Cheaters, and Childhood Dreams provides a history of the race from its beginning on a hillside in Dayton, to the corporate-sponsored star-studded event it became in the 1950s and 1960s. It chronicles an era of near-obscurity after the event was rocked by the withdrawal of its major corporate sponsor and by a legendary cheating scandal.
Through first-person accounts, the book reveals influences of the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights and feminist movements, Vietnam, and Watergate, which helped shape the race, transforming it from a simple amateur event into an American icon.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Melanie Payne is an award-winning journalist and writer. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers nationwide. She has worked as a staff writer for the Akron Beacon Journal and The Sacramento Bee newspapers. A Cleveland, Ohio native, she currently lives in California with her husband Rodney Williams and their dog Doc.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description University Of Akron Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111931968055