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Kirby Derby coming to Raleigh's Dix Park

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The Kirby Derby just keeps growing.

A popular Raleigh neighborhood tradition is moving to Dorthea Dix Park this year.

Kirby Derby is a soapbox car race that started in 2002 on Kirby Street in Pullen Park Terrace and has grown in popularity.

This year organizers are teaming up with the 'Ya'll at Dix Park' concert series - and they say the event will be bigger and better than ever.

"To be able to celebrate that space by bringing our event to it, and bringing a little bit of the off-beat nature of the creativity of this particular event, I think it's a good pairing," said founder Beth Khalifa.

Kirby Derby #16: License to Drive takes place Aug. 26 on Harvey Hill.

It revs up at 4 p.m. with pinecar races followed by a parade at 5:30 p.m. and a soapbox derby at 6:30 p.m.

"It's about a quarter mile now. It's a good little course, not quite as steep as this one, it has a nice long range, that you build some speed over time, a lot more room for maneuvering on this course," said race emcee Chris Dellanno.

Kirby Derby is free and open to everyone. Registration is required to participate.

Click here to sign up: Kirby Derby

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