LAYTON -- For the second consecutive year at the annual PARC Pallet Grand Prix, the Horizons Credit Union race team pushed their "rocket" frame cart 120 feet onto the checkered flag for victory.
The winning team -- with PARC client Mike Hobbs as the driver and David Waite and Brayden Ryan as the cart-pushers -- went undefeated in Wednesday's double-elimination race, which drew eight race-cart entries and about 250 onlookers.
It was the second year in a row that Horizons Credit Union defeated Stroops Fitness Club in the finals.
Waite, whose team received a trophy and bragging rights for another year, credited the victory to Ryan's young legs and a light metal push-bar attached to the frame of their cart.
The annual race, held this year in the southwest parking lot of Layton Hills Mall, is a "celebration" of the partnership the Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center has with its corporate sponsors, PARC Marketing Manager Chad Miller said.
"It's a celebration, an awareness. These are our community partners," he said.
PARC, at 485 PARC Circle in Clearfield, provides programs and training specifically designed to help people with disabilities who cannot obtain training and employment on their own.
The only rules for the PARC Pallet Grand Prix are that all racing carts have to be made from regular shipping pallets; all drivers have to be PARC clients; and each cart is limited to only two pushers.
But when it comes to cart design, the sky is the limit.
This year, the pallet designs included a replica of the Mars Rover, designed by ATK, and an enlarged 1040 tax form serving as the chassis on the entry from the Internal Revenue Service Center in Ogden.
For further effect, cart-pushers in the IRS entry even wore black suits and ties -- at least the first time down the track.
But the cart grabbing the most stares belonged to Brady Industries, a janitorial supply company.
"The biggest problem was gluing the toilet paper rolls together," said Brady sales representative Steve Gibson of the cart's toilet paper roll grille.
In addition to the 160-toilet paper rolls forming the cart's grille, the cart consisted of a toilet driver's seat, with a liquid soap dispenser within arm's reach.
"Hopefully it rolls, and doesn't come unrolled," Gibson said before the race.
Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs, a spectator at the event, said the race is becoming more fun as more area schools become involved.
This year, West Point Junior High and Clearfield High schools each sponsored race carts.
PARC client Barbara Uncasam, driver for the Clearfield High team -- with a cart cut and painted to resemble the school's falcon mascot -- said it was the first time she had been a cart driver, but she assured the school's student body officers she would not fall out of it during the race.
Clearfield High student body officer Alex Arave said this is the first time school SBOs have participated in the event. She said none of their group designed the cart, but did take six hours to paint it.
Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, who spoke before the race, commended PARC for the work it does in helping place individuals with challenges into jobs.