Soap Box Derby Practise
Soap Box Derby Practise By Nathaniel Tuia
Yesterday on the 11th of March the Pt England School
Team went to Glendowie to practise for our Soap Box
Derby. When we went to our practise we said a prayer
and had a short meeting before we got ready. We were
feeling pretty proud of our ﬂash little red car!
Jacob got ready to start.!! BOOM!! As the ramp ticked
he went zooming down the hill. He set the pace, the
new record he made was 4 seconds, and then next it
was Shontal's turn. She looked afraid but she still did
it. After Shontal it was me, Nathaniel.
I zoomed down the hill and when I reached the bottom
I slammed on the brakes. Before my turn I had been
pretty nervous but after I had done it I felt really
proud of myself. It was great fun.
I can not wait for the big race coming up this Sunday.
Jacob - Champion driver for PES
2009 SOAP BOX DERBY RACING!! by Jacob
At 6.30 am I woke up for my PRACTISE. I took my bag and
lunch box and o
I went to school to get ready for Mr Jacobsen.
When I got to school I wore my uniform with pride. I
waited for the rest of our crew to arrive to go to the race
and win the prize.
Mr Burt came with his beautiful truck and the pit crew ran
to the shed to get the car ready to load and get tied up on
As the car got loaded on to the truck we set o to the
netball courts down in Mount Wellington avenue. We got
there and there were lots of schools there: there was
Sacred Heart College, Bailey Road, Parnell, and Kings
We got ready to race and o they went down the hill past
the lights and quot;BRAKEquot; the man said. So they all braked
and in ﬁrst place was Kings Prep and then my school and
then Parnell and last place was Sacred Heart.
As the next race started it was me racing and as I went
down the hill in third place Bailey Road nearly CRASHED
so he stopped and I over took him and Parnell school and
I came ﬁrst.
WINNER'S GO TO THE AUCKLAND CHAMP'S by Jacob
Monday, March 23, 2009
On Sunday the 22nd of March it was the Soap Box
Derby challenge.(WHOEVER WIN'S GOES TO THE
I got so excited as if I was a Millionaire!
I arrived at Morrin road in Mt Wellington at 8:30am.
The ﬁrst race of the day was at
9:30 CHURR HOO. At 8 o clock Mr Burt our principal
came to Morrin Road with Point England School's CAR.
It was NICE and SHINY, mostly RED, and at the back it
We were mostly supported by KORKOR, a company
that makes two way digital radios.
BAM!!!!! 9:30 went past with a scream in my ear.
Up ﬁrst was CHURCHILL PARK SCHOOL VS PARNELL
DISTRICT SCHOOL. O they went down the steep
hill, then up a 300 metre hill. 5 seconds away from
the ﬁnish line with CHURCHILL PARK UP IN FRONT.
OH NO!CHURCHILL PARK BRAKED BEFORE THE
FINISH LINE! which leaves PARNELL up in front, past
the ﬁnish line, and brake as CHURCHILL PARK
moved slowly across the ﬁnish line.
WHAT A BAD START TO THE DAY FOR CHURCHILL
Next race was POINT ENGLAND VS SACRED HEART AND I WAS ON
THE LEFT LANE. The pit crew brought out the car on the ramp and
down I went straight down like a soaring sword and past the ﬁnish
In ﬁrst place is Pt England with the fastest time of the day.
When all the rounds were ﬁnished, we had won all our races.
After that was round 2 our quarter ﬁnals.
For the next race it was POINT ENGLAND VS BAILEY ROAD.
quot;GO!! quot; Said the man and o we went down the hill quot;and Jacob is
taking the lead for point England schoolquot; (that's me). Down I went
and quot;POINT ENGLAND IS WINNING BY 7
SECONDS.... 6, 5, 4....... AND THE WINNER IS JACOB!quot;
I WON BY 4 SECONDS WITH THE BEST RECORD TIME of 33.221. SO
OFF I GO NOW TO GET READY FOR THE GRAND FINAL'S
WISH ME LUCK POINT ENGLAND
As I got up, the car was already loaded up and so I got in. Down I
went vs Sacred Heart for the Grand Final's.
SO WE WON! NORTH SHORE HERE WE COME WITH 4 TROPHY'S!
PES Racing Team on TV3 by Shontal
On Monday at 6.30 am the P.E.S racing team had to go to school.
We had to go to school because we had to get ﬁlmed by TV3. It
was really interesting for me and the crew. All of the drivers had
a go at driving and it was really fun. I am a driver as well.
There were some other school's there too. Like King's school,
Sacred Heart, Bailey Road and Churchill Park School, Parnell
Primary and plus us- which was Pt England School.
Then at 8.00 o clock we got ﬁlmed by TV3 and I was the one
who had to get in the derby and drive it but before I did that I had
to go and tell the man my name so then I told him and he said to
me “well then hop into the car and go and wait in there while I go
and get my word's ready and then we will get started”.
PES Racing Team on TV3 by Shontal
Then they got ready and started to ﬁlm and when he said “and
here is the driver Shontal” I had to look back and wave at the
camera I felt nervous and when I turned my back I had the
giggles and then he said 3.....2.....1.... and RACING !!!!
Then I was off when I was going down the hill. The Pit crew who
were Sela and Destiny ran down with me and then they said
BREAK !!! very loudly it hurt my ear's. Then I got out of the
derby and I was hiding my face because I was ashamed of myself
because I would be all over the news. But now some people have
already said quot;Hey Shontal I saw you on the news driving that
little go kart!” and I said ''Yeah it was lots of fun quot;
PES Racing Team on TV3 by Shontal
Then I went home and when I got home my mum and Nan
goes we both saw you on the TV and it was really cool to see
that people saw me on TV but kind of embarrassing but it
was really fun for me and the crew......
The Actual Race by Sela
quot;It was the best thing I've done in my lifequot; said Tanielu, quot;I knowquot; replied
About eleven lucky students from Pt England were at Stonefield because
there was an AMAZING event happening and we were all included. The big
event was the quot;ALL AMERICAN SOAP BOX DERBY RACEquot;
I was very lucky to be in the group of eleven people. In those eleven
people were five drivers:Cruz , Shontal , Jacob , Tevita and Nathanial . Five
pit crew members:Charm , Tanielu , Raven , Destiney and me Sela. Also one
cheerleader: Mauina. We all signed up to be part of the team.
There were a lot of schools like Bailey Road, Sacred Heart, Churchill Park,
Sommerville, Parnell, Kings, St Kentigens and us Pt England. All these
schools did very well!!
Being in the pit crew was REALLY hard work, like I said before we had to
change the weights, wipe the kart down and nearly break our backs trying
to lift it on to the weighing machine.
We had about 14 or 16 races and we won them all. But finally it came
down to the last race everybody talking and thinking about which team they
wanted to win. Then they started, we were versing Sacred Heart. I couldn't
hear anything but people cheering then came the final moment, which way
was the flag going to point?
It was then said that we (Pt England) had lost. We were gutted for a
moment but at least we had made it in to the nationals!! That was some
very good news. Now we wait for an even bigger day to come.