The Daredevil Ingenuity of the All-American Soap Box Derby

This documentary about the national soap box derby of 1936 in Akron, Ohio, was sponsored by an assortment of newspapers and General Motors. Courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, this excerpt from the ten minute film focuses on the main event -- the finalists face off in their homemade cars before a crowd of hundreds, accompanied by enthusiastic, super patriotic narration. 

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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