By Sara Guernsey/ Staff Writer/@saraguernsey1

The PCC will be hosting the 41st annual Mini Grand Prix on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Last year, the participants celebrated the 40th anniversary of the event, which has become a long-standing tradition for LBCC students and the community.
The LBCC Mini Grand Prix is only one year younger than the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which is celebrating its 42nd anniversary this year.
The races consist of 3-person teams racing along a track on a cart. The clubs and organizations make the carts and one person rides on top while the other two push. They switch places at various points along the track, which is lined with hay bales and sprinkled with ramps and turns.
Matthew Vigil, Associated Student Body Cabinet representative of athletics, said the Mini Grand Prix “is a highly competitive tournament that many of LBCC’s social-service clubs look forward too.”
The races may not roar through the streets of Long Beach, but it sure causes a roar at LBCC. Vigil, 25, a communications major, said he hopes to see involvement from students, employees, alumni and community members skyrocket this year by moving the event from a Thursday to a Saturday to make it more accessible.
Vigil heads the planning committee that meets on Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. in the Northern Sun Room in E209. Vigil said the committee is open to all students and he would be glad to see further participation.
Beyond the race, the event also includes a Chili Cook-Off and the crowning of a royal court. All current students with a college services card sticker can fill out the applications to take part in the events. The applications will be available soon through Student Life.
The event is free to attend and even the spectators get in on the action, as they are allowed to vote for their favorite chili after the tasting and the most popular will be awarded.
Vigil said, “People should attend the Mini Grand Prix because it is a big part of LBCC and Long Beach City history. It gives alumni and community members the opportunity to see how well LBCC is progressing and remind alumni of their Viking pride. It is for the community to come together and enjoy what LBCC has to offer to the members of our community.”
Vigil may be reached at (562) 441-2021 or emailed at vigil.matthew@yahoo.com.