The Scream!

Robert Strand

Samantha "Sami" Jones named her "Soap Box Derby" race car, "Singin' Sami." She is 13 years old and had just won the "Master's Division" on Saturday, August 11, 1990. This was the 53rd running of the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

ducttape"Singin' Sami" had suffered some cracks and scrapes on the way in the competition to win her way to the derby. She merely taped them up with "duct" tape. And her handiwork was quite evident alongside some of those other "perfect" racers. Because of her handiwork she said, "People are going to wonder how I could win with such a beat-up car."

She made it down the 975 foot long Derby Downs hill in the fastest time of 28.04 seconds. She represented her home town of Salem, Oregon and was only the eighth girl to win this title since girls were allowed to compete beginning in 1971. This running of the event had drawn 153 other area champions from across America. She walked off with the first prize trophy and a $5,000 college scholarship.

Singin' Sami

But why the name "Singin' Sami" for a soap box derby racer? She explained, "I scream as loud as I can when I'm going down the hill. It makes the car vibrate and makes the car go faster!" Pretty clever girl! Whatever it takes, and I say, "Sami, go for it!"

What does it take to put your life in the winner's circle? You may be thinking, "I could never do that." And I say, why not? Failure is not the worst thing in the world... the worst thing is not even to give it a try! 

So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to be?" (Hebrews 13:6)