Soapbox Derby

Each year the ASY’s Soap Box Derby brings together the civilian and military communities as the kick-off event of the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce’s Street Fair and Car Show. Approximately 50 military and civilian children register to design, build and race their own soap box cars each year and dozens of Active Duty and civilian volunteers turned out to help set up and run the race.

Parents and children work together to design and build their racers, creating some truly unique creations each year. In 2014 Nicole Fenstermaker decided to take on the challenge of building not one, but two Soap Box Cars for her son, Trent, and daughter, Heavyn by herself while her husband was deployed.

Nicole said the biggest challenge on race day was that “there wasn’t enough of me! I was so thankful for the volunteers who help get my kids’ cars up and down the hill!” Nicole worked with the Wood Hobby Shop on base to get her cars built, juggling work and her kids’ school and other activities to get the work done. “My son is such a military kid,” she laughed when describing the design process “he said ‘mom, I want a humvee!’ I did my best, but in the end I told him that that was as good as it was going to get!” Nicole’s husband, who is deployed as an Individual Augment to MWSS-373 in Bahrain, offered some advice before the race saying, “You’re Super-Mom!” After seeing all the hard work that Nicole put into the race, the ASY definitely agrees!

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The Armed Services Y provides free or low-cost youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility programs for junior enlisted military & their families to make military life easier.

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