Soap Box Derby racing a real Webb family tradition
Nine-year-old Viera resident Logan Webb won the Central Florida Soap Box Derby in Sanford and is heading to Akron, Ohio to race for the national championship. He's also carrying on a family tradition. His grandfather and his father have both competed there.
photo courtesy of Brandon Webb
Ask 9-year-old Logan Webb what he likes about racing in the Soap Box Derby and he’ll smile before giving a simple response:
“Getting on the podium.”
Well, the kid from Viera did just that at the Central Florida Soap Box Derby in Sanford this past May, and now he’s on his way to compete at the 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby on July 22 in Akron, Ohio.
By getting to the national championship, Webb is upholding a family tradition.
His grandfather made the nationals in 1965, racing out of Arkansas. His father, Brandon, made it out of the St. Louis region in 1986.
Now it’s Logan’s turn. And who did he beat to get to Akron? His twin brother, Mason, of course.
After competing all season in Sanford to earn points in the Rally Race Program where the top seven places qualify for the nationals, the boys took part in their local championship stock race, which also serves as an automatic qualifier for the winner.
In the double-elimination event, Logan went unbeaten through the winners bracket, while Mason had to race his way through the losers bracket after being defeated early on.
The brothers squared off in the finals, with Mason winning the first race to set up the all-important “if necessary” race that must have brought back bad memories for Logan. A year ago, he went through the winners bracket only to lose twice in the finals.
And here he was again … only this time, against his brother.
“After Mason beat him the first time, he got really focused, I would say,” Brandon Webb said.
But this time, it would be Logan who would come out on top to earn the spot in the nationals. Mason, unfortunately, finished in a four-way tie for fifth place in rally points and lost out in a tiebreaker.
Still, taking part in the Soap Box Derby has turned into quite a family bonding experience for the Webb family. Not only does Stephanie Webb get to cheer her boys on, she’s also become the pit crew at the bottom of the course.
With a number of other Brevard families taking part in soap box racing in Sanford, the Webbs have made plenty of new friends. In fact, if anyone is interested in learning more about the racing in Sanford, Brandon Webb encourages you to contact Eric Griffin at 407-353-6228 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Racing against each other has certainly been fun for Logan and Mason and no matter what happens in Akron this month, they’ll be at it again in Sanford in the fall.
“They race their best against each other,” Stephanie Mason said
A smiling Brandon Webb added: “They always have.”