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The Battle On Broadway Hill: When The Soap Box Derby Came To Ann Arbor


In 1936 the Ann Arbor Daily News and Chevrolet brought the [|Soap Box Derby] to Ann Arbor, promoting the race with [|page one stories], plenty of [|pictures] of local boys and [|display ads] meant to entice every boy in the county to enter the Derby. [|Officials] were appointed, the [|rules explained] and the "long, smooth and straight" [|Broadway Hill] named as the site of the race. The [|lead-up] to the race gave News photographers plenty of display space for their [|pictures] of local hopefuls [|building] and [|testing] their cars. More than [|6,000 fans] watched [|John Mayfield] win the inaugural Battle on Broadway Hill. In 1937, the [|page one story] promoting the Soap Box Derby was bigger, the [|coverage more extensive] and the [|prizes] offered by local merchants really cool. The Chief of Police talked [|crowd control] as race day on Broadway Hill approached. [|Controversy] over his residency did not stop Merlin Hahn from [|winning] the 1937 crown. Although there was plenty of interest by [|young girls in the race], the [|Soap Box Derby] did not allow girls to compete until 1971. Enjoy the articles and pictures and, if you can, help us solve the [|mystery]: who is [|Babs?]

Update! Turns out "Babs" is the name of the car piloted by 1938 Soap Box Derby winner Lynn Smith and he named the winning car after his sister, [|Babs Smith.] In an interview granted to the News after his victory, [|Lynn tells all.]