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Apr 11, 2019 2:15:33 PM

Race Day in Twentynine Palms

The weather was a perfect 75 degrees in Twentynine Palms on Saturday, March 30. The sun was shining down on all the families who signed up to participate in the Armed Services YMCA Soap Box Derby. The Derby runs in conjunction with the 29 Palm’s Street Fair and Car show hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Special Thank You to Jacob Smith from Smitty’s Bargain Box for hosting this amazing community event that supports military and local civilian families coming together as a single unit.

This year’s event was a huge success with participants and spectators alike! Marine and Civilian Volunteers came out to ensure the event ran smoothly. 20 children and their families worked hard over several weeks to build Soap Box Cars with hope that it would help them bring home a coveted race medal. Military and civilian children came together to enjoy the spirit of competition and good sportsmanship, while building relationships with one another and the local community.

Races began at noon and each child made two runs down the course to obtain an average race time. Medals were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd across three divisions. Division 1: ages 5-7; Division 2: ages 8-10; Division 3: ages 11-14. Four awards were also given for car creativity – General’s Choice, 29 Palms Chamber Choice, Mayor’s Choice, and Armed Services YMCA Choice.


::Congratulations to our Winners::

Division 1—1st: Scott Blackson; 2nd: Easton Attig; 3rd: Gary Link

Division 2 – 1st: Jolynn Sanchez; 2nd: Tristan Chacon; 3rd: Amiyah Perez

Division 3 – Tie for 1st: Maribella Grotberg & Madison Moore


General’s Choice: Charley Chambers

29 Palms Chamber Choice: Gary Link

Mayor’s Choice: Easton Attig

ASYMCA Choice: Mason Attig


As any event goes for the Armed Services YMCA, we would not be able to support our military families without the partnership of our amazing sponsors!

Thank you to all of our sponsors:

Victory Lap $500+

American Legion Auxiliary 519

Tortoise Rock Casino

Crew Chief $250

2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering


Pit Crew $125

29 Palms Chamber of Commerce

29 Palms Elks Lodge

Cindy McVay, Ed.D

Heart 2 Heart

Joshua Tree VFW 7264

Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms

Kristine Parrish

Landers Moose Lodge 1788

Landers Women of the Moose 1373

Morongo Basin CERT

Oasis of Mara Masonic Lodge 735


Smitty’s Bargain Box

Yucca Valley Elks Lodge


Snack Crew

David Wong

Stephanie Wong


Check-In and Snack Set-up




Cars Lined Up Waiting for their Safety Inspections

safety checks

Jason Grotberg performing car inspections to ensure all racers are safe

kiwanis car

When the ASYMCA Soap Box Derby and 29 Palms Chamber Car Show collide

heart2heart car


tortoise rock boy car