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Derby fundraiser is a hit for Oklahoma City charity

Rebuilding Together OKC’s Construction Derby is in its 11th year.
by Matt Patterson Published: August 19, 2014

Megan Drabek might not have Danica Patrick’s driving skills, but she knows her way around a soapbox derby.

Drabek is the driver of Drabek and Hill’s team in Rebuilding Together OKC’s Construction Derby event, set for Oct. 4.

Rebuilding Together OKC works to provide critical home repairs for people who can’t afford them. The Derby is the organization’s annual fundraiser and attracts about 1,000 people to downtown Oklahoma City.

Since 1992, about 50,000 volunteers have helped Rebuilding Together update and refurbish more than 2,000 homes, 30 nonprofit facilities and eight public school buildings.

Drabek and Hill is one of the 32 teams that will be entered. There are still spots available.

Rebuilding Together OKC will hold a Construction Derby Newbie workshop on how to build a car safely on Wednesday at their offices at 730 W Wilshire Blvd., Suite 108. The event is open to anyone interested in building a car.

For Drabek, who has raced for several years, it’s fun way to raise money for a good cause.

It’s a great team event,” she said. “There are so many people that each add their own touch. There are four people that push the car and there are a couple more at the bottom of the hill to make sure you stop OK. It does have brakes, fortunately, but it’s good to have them down there.”

Drivers wear helmets and long sleeves. The cars are built from common household items. Drabek and Hill’s has handrails that are made from copper tubing, an air conditioning return vent serves as a grill and the lights on the back are fashioned from doorknobs.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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