Tristan Remkus, left, and Sage Witty, right, gaining speed during Sunday’s race. Photo by Michael Heller.
By Mara Certic
There was hardly a vacant square foot of shade on High Street in Sag Harbor, as hundreds of spectators set up camp to watch the second annual scout Soap Box Derby on a perfectly sunny Sunday.
At 1 p.m., Main Street traffic was at a standstill as fire trucks led the parade down the street followed by a fleet of vintage cars and a whole gaggle of scouts.
Justin Gardiner and Micky Wilson, the Soap Box Derby king and queen, waved to their adoring subjects from a Ford Model A. They were crowned Saturday night after they wrote winning essays about what scouting means to them.
A pink Katy’s Courage Beetle chugged along Main Street during the parade as friends of Katy Stewart walked alongside, throwing candy to onlookers. The race was dedicated to the memory of Katy, who died in 2011 after battling a rare form of pediatric cancer.
The day was made even more special for her family when her younger brother, Robert, took home the first place trophy in the lighter weight division. Second- and third-place trophies for the smaller Mustang division went to Charles Schaefer and Emily Glass. Emily also took home the award for the best sponsor representation for her Suburban Sanitation car, which used a garbage can for its front end.
Several racers in the heavier Thunder Road division made it down the hill so quickly that they careened into the hay bales set up several feet after the finish line. Andrew Schaefer took home first place for that division, with Pierre Duplessis and Tristan Remkus going home with the second- and third-place trophies, respectively.
Plaques were given out in the afternoon for surprise secondary awards; Girl Scout Kiara Bailey-Williams won the people’s choice award for her moose car. Troy Remkus won the “fastest looking car” award and Bear Cub Scout Coleman Dee was presented with a plaque for the car with the best paint job.
Teddy Marsden, or perhaps it was his superhero alter ego Captain Cookie, walked away with a plaque for the most creative car after he decked himself out in a cape and mask to race his snazzy car down High Street.
In keeping with the bygone atmosphere of the day, the sixth and final secondary award that was presented was for the “most vintage looking car.” The winner, whose car is most likely to be seen racing down memory lane, was Boy Scout Ben McErlean in his varnished wooden entry.