Isabella races to second title in six years


The Intelligencer


North Penn High School graduate Tarah Isabella won the championship in the super stock division of the East of the Indian Valley Soap Box Derby in Souderton in what will likely be her last time competing in the event locally.
Isabella, who has been racing soap box derby cars since 1999, turns 18 in August and will no longer be eligible to compete under the age guidelines. She will represent her club at the next level of competition in Ohio this month.
Only the second competitor in the past decade to have championships in both the stock and super stock divisions, Isabella made 12 trips down the steep slope of Main Street, winning her six heats and finishing first in her division.
Isabella, who is sponsored by Moyer & Son Inc. and coached by her father, Tony, won the stock division in 2002 and then had to move up to super stock. Soap Box Derby rules do not allow drivers to compete in a division once they have championed it. Isabella's sister Courtney took over the stock division wheel in 2003 and competed their for the following three years.
“What an exciting time for Tarah,” said Moyer & Son president John Moyer. “She is a great competitor and a wonderful champion — we wish her well in Akron.”
Following her summer of racing and working, Isabella plans to study biology at Philadelphia College.
Also sponsored by Moyer & Son, Quentin Williams made his debut in the stock division of the derby.
The son of Dennis Williams, a truck driver with Moyer & Son, Pet & Animal Feeds, Williams helped his father build his car for the event.
Father and son have attended races and meetings since the spring of 2006 and have become active members of the Souderton Area Soap Box Derby Association. This year, Williams raced six times down Main Street
“We are proud of Quentin and Dennis, who have stepped up to make sure that we continue to be well represented in this traditional Souderton event,” said Moyer.
Perkasie resident Allyson Pike finished first in the stock division and will also travel to Akron for the Soap Box Derby World Championship on July 23. She will be carrying on a family tradition; her brother advanced to the world championship race twice.
Her car is sponsored by Lutheran Community at Telford.
and won three of his runs.