Events

Congressional Soapbox

Politicians are frequently on their own soapboxes, but once a year they all band together to pass a joint soapbox resolution – a soapbox derby resolution, in fact.  And why does a soapbox derby need Congressional action? That’s because the Greater Washington Soapbox Derby races on Constitution Avenue by the Capitol, an area controlled by the Capitol Police and the Architect of the Capitol.  This year’s derby is on June 20th.

At the derby, you’ll see racers going by the Capitol Police.

Soapbox derby

and racing down the hill with the Capitol in the background.

Soapbox derby

The cars go very quickly down the hill on Constitution.

Soapbox derby

Some of the racers crouch so low for the aerodynamic advantage that all you can see of them is their hats.

Soapbox derby

The winners of this derby go on to compete at the national championship in Ohio, where they have had great success in the past.  Steny Hoyer, who has sponsored the bill authorizing the derby for the past 24 years, says “My district is sort of like John Wooden’s UCLA or the Duke Blue Devils, maybe, or the Maryland Terrapins. Young Marylanders who won the Greater Washington race in 2007 and 2008 went on to win the national championship.”

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