Aubry family still placing their mark on the derby, 34 years later
The 28th annual Dorval Soapbox Derby will be held on August 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fénelon Blvd., north of Carson Avenue.
The brakes have been checked, the seats cleaned, and Dorval's entire collection of soapbox cars verified in time for Sunday's 34th annual Soapbox Derby.
With the Gerry Cup on the line for most original helmet, nearly 50 young racers, ages six to 12, of Dorval will descend upon Fenelon Boulevard, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"A lot of volunteers help put on this event. We couldn't do it without them. Plus with the city of Dorval and how they supply materials, man-power, it's helping us a lot. It's a lot fun," said Charles Aubry, one of the derby's main organizers for the past four years.
The growth of the annual Soapbox Derby runs through two generations of Aubry influence. His father, Jean-Guy, was a key member of the Dorval Optimist Club when it founded the derby in 1980; and Charles, an avid soapbox racer.
"I raced back then, maybe four or five years. We'd go everywhere: Valleyfield, Beauharnois, etc. My dad would build the soapbox. At the time, it was a very serious thing," said Aubry.
Today, the father-son duo remains a key figure of the organizing committee. On Saturday, Cedric Lasry, Aubry's nephew, will become the third-generation of Aubry racers to participate in the derby.
Proceeds generated from the derby will be distributed to several community groups, including Harmonie Dorval Jean XXIII and Omega Centre.
"A lot of people want to get involved and sell items for themselves. But that's not what it's about," said Aubry. "It's not about making money. It's about the kids. If someone wants to give back to the community, then fine."
Correction: print version of this story noted the time of the event on Saturday, rather than Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.