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May 17, 2011 1:11 PM by Andy Koen

Local team to race in national soapbox derby

It took two months of work and an idea inspired by a little known flop of a movie to create the Gnomeo and Juliet soapbox derby team.

Al and Tamara Brody and their neighbors Mitch Brown and Sandy Kiddie are heading to Los Angeles to compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race this Saturday.

The Brodys are no strangers to Red Bull races. They won the inaugural Red Bull Dragster Day race in Detroit in 2005, took 2nd at a race in St. Louis and finished 3rd at a race in Denver.

The Team Gnomeo car is a larger-than-life, smurf blue lawn mower that mimics the one used by the Blue Gnomes in the movie.

Friends Kevin Oskow and Renee Plotnik will help push the derby car on race day. They are competing in a field of 40 contestants all racing built-from-scratch vehicles.

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