9 Year-Old Zooms Through North Park in Fall River Soap Box Derby
Fall River's annual Soap Box Derby took place this weekend and while there were 20 drivers in total, almost-9-year-old Eric Ouellette won the standard car class.
Sponsored by Greater Fall River Re-Creation, the soap box derby happened Saturday morning on North Park's Snake Hill Road. Eric Ouellette (almost 9 years old) competed and he competed to win. He even went up against his 5-year-old brother.
Proud mom Jessica Ouellette told Herald News that "it was a race to the death" between the two brothers but in the end, the older one won.
Eric drove the red and blue car and was called "Team Mario". He had to edge his way past two other drivers to claim first place.
To get to the championship race, Eric zoomed past Elliana Alves, 7, and it took two tries as the first race ended in a tie.
The next race, against driver Justin DaSilva, also took two tries down the track, as DaSilva won the first round of the double elimination contest. Jack Rioux won the modified car division in the end though and it was "the best day ever" to him.
Additional Reporting By: Mikaylee McEwan