Bowlby Bash Derby rolls once again

<p>Ron Osterloh of Flashback Photography had the fastest time in this year's Soap Box Derby during Saturday's Bolby Bash held in Enterprise. Osterloh's camera car started off with him setting off some smoke bombs leaving his competitor in a cloud of "dust".</p>

The third year of the City of Enterprise’s Bowlby Bash was again a huge success even though a pretty good thunderstorm passed through, ending just in time for the second annual Bowlby Bash Derby.

Practice for the derby started on Wednesday night and continued Thursday night making sure all entries were up to snuff. Safety was a main concern for Soap Box Derby organizer Ron Osterloh of La Grande.

At the beginning of Saturday’s races Ron told the contestants “if we have an accident here today there will be no derby next year.” Last year some of the cars were clocked with a radar gun at 30 miles an hour.

Thirteen cars took part in the race. One of the derby cars was adorned with plants, another painted patriotically, a Flintstone car, and a car resembling a coffin were all part of the show. Enterprise residents, Jorge and Delores Aguilar’s car had a spoiler on it. Harrison Reimer also of Enterprise was on his long skateboard ready to go. The Nash Excavating soap box derby car replicated a backhoe. Before the race began the parade of cars were pushed down and up Main Street by the contestants in front of a cheering crowd. The starting line was in front of the Enterprise High School a little bit higher on the hill than last year.

Two different categories were part of the derby, with artistic entrants and speedsters.

Derby racing started off with the artistic cars with most of these cars posting times of a minute or more. The speedsters posted times of 36 to 41 seconds.

A new aspect of this year’s races were two cars going at once and racing each other to the finish line.

In one heat Darby Gassett of Enterprise beat out Kade Kilgore, also of Enterprise, in an exciting race down the hill.

Ron Osterloh of Flashback Photography raced Sam Summers of U.S. Cellular in a challenge run, with Osterloh winnning the race handily. At the start of this race Osterloh let off some smoke bombs leaving Summers in “Ron’s dust.”

Ron Osterloh finished in first place overall, with a time of 36:21. Second place went to Sam Summers with a time of 39: 96 Third place went to Jorge and Delores Aguilar with a time of 40 seconds flat.

This year’s People’s Choice award for the most artistic car went to the coffin car “Kiss of Death,” which had four sponsors, Stangel Industries, Enterprise Electric, Main Street Motors, and Jerry Hayes Graphics. The Coffin car had one heck of a race, weaving back and forth across the street and hitting the curb while the crowd cheered.

A lot of work went into this year’s Bowlby bash. Maria Nowakowski of Enterprise and Mary Swanson of the Book Loft organized the overall event filling Main Street with 53 vendors

Ron Osterloh wanted to thank all his volunteers who put in a lot of time and work to make the Soap Box derby happen. Chad Nash and John Pithoud placed and removed the hay bales lining the race course. Grady Rawls, a former student of Osterloh, photographed and video recorded the whole event from start to finish. G. R. Productions photographically time-lapsed the setting up of all the booths.

The event will be posted on FaceBook and a professional video website named Vimeo.

Osterloh also thanked Sam Summers for running the ads and for putting up with Ron when they did a promo on KWVR, in which he told Summers he was going to leave him a cloud of smoke.

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