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The annual PAPINGS SOAP BOX DERBY is for purists only. Rules specify no motors, no kits, no voodoo allowed. Furthermore, be inconspicuous, because this may not be entirely legal. Still, what environmentalist worth her weight in smog would stop a motley group of enthusiasts from coasting down a hill in the Brooklyn Heights Promenade area on the first Sunday in August? Though currently lacking celebrity endorsements, these engine-less autos are even cleaner than hybrids, and there is a prize given for the best-dressed driver.


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