A New York City Childhood Classic

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Let’s go back to New York City, to classic childhood in the 1940s. And to pure joy.

The boy in this photo is my Poppy, Nicholas F. Nicastro, back in his heyday.

This photo was taken in the late 1940s when Poppy won the New York City soapbox derby championship!

After winning big in New York City, Poppy was sent to Ohio to compete at nationals. Although he didn’t place, his big spirit won my heart and the hearts of many others.

A “Soap Box Derby” is a soapbox car racing program for kids, which has been run in the United States since 1934. World Championship finals are held every summer at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Cars competing are unpowered, relying completely on gravity to race.

My Poppy always treated everyone with kindness, and in return, was loved by so many. We lost him this past May but he still lives with us in spirit. ~shared by viv1010

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