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Ashton Faucette Jr.

Ashton Faucette Jr.
January 15, 2010 | WGVU   Ashton Faucette Jr.  is something of a soapbox racing legend. He now lives in Michigan but grew up in Durham, North Carolina where he learn to build and race soapbox derby cars. Ashton became a local champion and moved on to the national stage at the age of 13 when he competed in the All American Soapbox Derby in Akron, Ohio.

Ashton Faucette Jr. remembers his soapbox derby days of the 1940’s and meeting boxing legend Joe Louis.  CLICK HERE to see the photo of Ashton with Joe Louis.

 A section of the book, Champions, Cheaters, and Childhood Dreams highlights Ashton’s derby career.   

Coming up On StoryCorps West Michigan

Emily West and her father Philip West   Jan-30-15  
Former Pastor Philip West with his daughter Emily. Emily talks about coming out to her parents and we hear how her father’s acceptance of her orientation disrupted his life.

Recent StoryCorps West Michigan Stories...
Kent and Susan Riddle   Jan-23-15  
Kent and Susan Riddle recount a life-changing car accident and recovery.
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Eunice and Ruthy Paulson   Jan-16-15  
Eunice Paulson is interviewed by her daughter Ruthy.
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Terry Johnston with Peng Grossklaus   Jan-09-15  
This Friday on StoryCorps West Michigan Terry Johnston interviewed by his friend Peng Grossklaus.
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Mayor George Heartwell   Jan-02-15  
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell reflects on a life-changing mission trip to Haiti.
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