Derby racing in Hartley

Anyone remember when they had Soap Box Derby races in Hartley back in 1961-1968? I’m writing an article on it for a class and would love any help, information or photos that anyone may know or have!

Thanks!
Lauren

10 Comments

rnarum

about 12 years ago

You have likely already located the following... however, if you have not... then perhaps it will give you a lead to follow down at the Duluth Public Library...


http://dplreference.wordpress.com/

News Tribune
July 9, 1967 

Starting at 1 p.m. today, 53 boys will race in the Duluth Soap Box Derby championship on the Hartley Field Derby Track.  The track is one of just eleven in the country owned by a local derby.

woodtick

about 12 years ago

I do know that the actual asphalt track itself is still present, visible, and walkable - albeit quite overgrown.  It is still used as a trailway.

Shane

about 12 years ago

Hartley had/has a derby track? All the times I have spent wandering the trails there, I don't remember noticing any overgrown asphalt. Where is it located?

Jane

about 12 years ago

Have you seen this page on the Hartley website?

http://www.hartleynature.org/explore/soapboxderby.html

Shane

about 12 years ago

Yes, I found the website.  I probably should have done a google search before posting my comment/question...

loveAZ

about 12 years ago

I have very fond memories of picking wild raspberries that grew right next to the track.  Lovely memories.

TimK

about 12 years ago

Former Duluthian Bo Conrad won the national Soap Box Derby title some time in the 1960s. I think his mom is still in town.....

Lauren

about 12 years ago

Do you (or anyone) by chance know what Bo Conrad's mother's name is?

TimK

about 12 years ago

Bo's mother has passed, but his older sister Dorthy Conrad still lives in town and has an archive of some sort.

Lauren

about 12 years ago

Thank you all so much for the help! 

I really appreciate it!

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