A Life In Cars

The life story of Dickie Sutherland

A family photo with the lighter-weight ‘modern’ Soap Box Car.


Soap Box Racer

Our family had two proper Soap Box Racers stored in the back yard. An older pre-war dark blue "heavy car" and a white, lighter construction developed later.
The “old dark blue racer” with Richard sitting when about 4 years old.
The lightweight racer was sophisticated and designed for racing for brother Donald. I got to sit in for a photo, with Dad standing to the right.

When I was about eleven, a schoolmate Andrew and I, pushed the big old heavy racer out to Bridge Road, to do a run down the hill some 5 or 6 Km from home. 

Racing the soap box cars was always a fun time. It required a lot of pushing with a limited amount of downhill fun.

What 11 years olds would do for fun? 

Looking back at that adventure I can only wonder why? “Boys will be boys!”

A photo of the typical Soap Box cars we built for pushing or pulling around the streets. Seen here in about 1945, our heavy, dark blue car with older cousin Brian driving. It’s lined up on the starting ramp with a traditional “soap box” car to the left.
Photo found on the internet, depicting the typical home built by young lads. Usually, the wheels were from an old pram, and holes for bolts were chiselled through at a time when drills weren’t commonly available.

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