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Fourth of July Celebration

Orange Crate Derby

Photos by Nat Squatrito

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Bayview Avenue
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Rain date: (June 18, 2023)
3:00 p.m.

The Bristol Fourth of July Committee’s Annual Orange Crate Derby will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2023 on Bayview Avenue. The Derby check-in starts at 1:00 p.m., practice runs begin at 2:15 p.m. and with the races immediately following.

There will be one practice run allowed per entry. The race will be double elimination. Drivers should be between the ages of 7 and 14, be a resident of Bristol, RI, and all drivers are required to wear a helmet with chin strap, elbow pads, gloves. Optional safety gear includes goggles, mouth guard, safety belt.

Entry Details:

All cars will be required to pass a safety inspection to determine compliance with the above requirements, 90 minutes prior to the start of the race:

  • No wheel changes or oiling of bearings. No modification of car after inspection.

  • All servicing will be done in a designated area supervised by Committee members.

  • During the race, drivers must remain in control of their vehicles at all times and must remain in their assigned lanes.

  • The derby will be raced under the rule of Double Elimination.

  • Cars which do not meet all of the above requirements will be disqualified.

  • The decision of the judges is final.

Car Specifications:

  • Maximum Overall Length: 78 inches.

  • Maximum Overall Width: 36 inches.

  • Maximum Overall Weight: No added weights.

  • Wheel Type: Sleeve bushing or non-high tech sealed ball bearing (No needle bearing) Grease only, no oil.14 inches max diameter.

  • Brakes: Foot operated front and rear wheel pressure brake. ( NO DRAG BRAKES).

  • Roll Bar: Metal pipe 1/2″ – 3/4″ ID or square tubing 1″OD (no wood or PVC), higher than the driver with helmet, sitting upright.

  • Frame: Primarily wood, 2″ maximum thickness plus enough metal to ensure safety. No protruding metal except roll bar.

  • Body: No metal body (Wood, fiberglass etc. are OK).


For all inquiries email:

Roger Dubord

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