Tips from an expert on how to win it all

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Old-timers think they can just cruise into the biggest name in youth soapbox-derbying, but they could still learn a thing or two from the race’s star performer.

Fifteen-year-old Kevin Brennan, a three-year veteran who took first place last year, is aiming for a dynasty on Aug. 13, though he’s willing share a little sage counsel with adults inexperienced with the nature of the race (what with their driver’s licenses and all):

• Keep it simple: Brennan built his winning rig with just two wood planks, four wheels, and a handbrake.

• Small and fast is the way to go: Loading up a cart with fancy widgets will just slow it down. Light-weight materials like plywood are also choice.

• Trust nature: Brennan won last year without a push at the top of the hill, choosing instead to “let gravity do its thing.”

• Know the competition: Remaining conscious of every racer on the hill is key.

• Take risks: Believe it or not, in Brennan’s winning race last year, he changed up his strategy and raced backwards!

— Haru Coryne

Posted 12:00 am, August 7, 2011
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