About 514 kids from as far away as Guam and Germany are burning rubber to Akron to compete in the Derby, which is a 980- foot gravity race set up on a permanent track.
Derby spokesman Jim Huntfman says its a record number of racers and a vast improvement from the early 90s, when less than 200 racers competed.
This is the 69th year of the Derby and times have changed since it first started. These days, the cars are made from kits, not soap boxes, and females make up 45 percent of the racers.
In addition, the racers have to do more than just point their cars down a steep hill. Huntfman says they have know the benefits of different types of axles as well as how to properly distribute lead weights in the racers so that the heavier kids dont have an unfair advantage.
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