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Grumpy Old Men roll into first place at Lynde 500 Push Kart Derby

September 2, 2014

By Kie Relyea, The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.)

Sept. 02--LYNDEN -- The Grumpy Old Men were all smiles Monday, Sept. 1, as they accepted a $1,000 check for winning the Lynde 500 Push Kart Derby.

In its 12th year, the family friendly event has become a Labor Day staple in Lynden. It also is a fundraiser for the Lynden Pioneer Museum.

This year's winners didn't have to work as hard as in previous years, because the number of competitors was down to six after four teams dropped out.

"It was grand fun, as per usual. Unfortunately, we didn't have as many teams as we have had in the past," said Troy Luginbill, co-founder of the race and museum director.

The museum hosts the derby, which is a four-person round-robin relay -- each team has one driver and three people who take turns pushing a kart over a track that includes straight-aways, the Tunnel of Doom and curves designed to separate wheels from karts, or at least to mangle them.

"We had a couple of spectacular spinouts," Troy Luginbill said.

That included a Lynden Fire Department kart, which crashed coming around the Widow Maker curve -- wrecking the bumper and destroying the steering wheel.

A smiling Joy Corbin, the 35-year-old driver for team Grumpy Old Men, came from Kirkland to compete.

"It supports the museum," Corbin said.

Then there was this: "It was a lot of fun to win," she added.

This marked the team's second top finish. Its winning formula?

"I think it's having great runners," said Corbin, who was competing for the third time. "It makes it look easy."

Lynden resident Archer Luginbill, 19, also was on team Grumpy Old Men.

This year marked his fifth racing in the derby. He does it "to support my dad, basically."

Troy Luginbill is his father.

"Win or lose, you always end up having fun on this day," Archer Luginbill said.

As for the number of teams, Troy Luginbill hoped to entice more to race next year by doubling the first-place prize to $2,000. Tom and Marla Entrikin will add $1,000 if 20 or more teams sign up for next year's derby. They have pledged the money in memory of Joe and Phyllis Entrikin, who were longtime supporters of Lynden and of the Lynden Pioneer Museum.

Reach Kie Relyea at or 360-715-2234.

Reach KIE RELYEA at or call 715-2234.


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