Westminster Race Sends Boy To Derby

July 10, 1991|By Staff report

WESTMINSTER — Christoph Koenig earned a trip to Akron, Ohio, by winning Westminster's first Annual Soap Box Derby Saturday on Locust Street.

With the victory, the 12-year-old Owings Mills, Baltimore County, resident becomes the first Carroll competitor to qualify for the American Soap Box Derby race, which will take place Aug. 10.

It was 57 years ago that Dayton, Ohio, played host to the first All-American Soap Box Derby.

Koenig, racing his "Zero Tolerance" car, reached the finals of the double elimination derby without a defeat. Ryan Devilbiss, an eighth-grader at East Middle School, advanced from the losers' bracket.

Devilbiss defeated Koenig in the first race of the finals, setting up a winner-take-all second race. Koenig, however, came back strongly in that second race of the finals to take top honors.

Saturday's race was organized by Finksburg resident Doug Flagler. Also competing in the race were Bradley Cage, Jennifer Flagley, Daniel Newton, Travis Roop and Allison Taylor.

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