Photo: Soap Box heroes

Thom Pellikaan of Woodville, the Piedmont Area Soap Box Derby’s chief fundraiser and longtime supporter, poses after last month’s Soap Box Derby at Culpeper’s Paul Bates Raceway with (from left) Martin O’Heir, a Wakefield Country Day School (WCDS) sixth-grader who won a “Best in Show” for his Super Stock car; Zachary Chapman, a Culpeper ninth-grader who took third with his Master’s car sponsored by Rappahannock County Friends of the Derby; Lucy Clark, a rookie driver who took eighth in the Super Stock division with a car sponsored by WCDS; and Jaden Torosian, driving Rappahannock Elementary’s Stock Division car, who brought home his second trophy in as many years with a fourth-place finish. More at

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