May 14, 2002
There are still soapbox derbies held around the country but much like the soap operas, they are not made of soapboxes or from soapboxes. The vehicles passing off as soapbox cars are nothing more than fiberglass and motorless sports cars with no semblance to the principle of the original derbies. Soap is neither sold in those big wooden boxes anymore nor the derby cars. Why maintain the title if it no longer is bonded with original premises of the races? Possibly because tradition dictates presenting origin when festivities are maintained and performed. Soap opera had soap companies sponsoring the programming.