SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- GSN's documentary series,
ANYTHING TO WIN, tackles a competition rarely covered -- the soap box derby --
in a special installment on Tuesday, February 21 (9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT).
ANYTHING TO WIN: THE ALL-AMERICAN SOAP BOX DERBY SCANDAL reviews the lengths
competitors have gone to -- legal and illegal -- to win the event.
An "All-American" institution lost its innocence in 1973, when 14-year-old
Jimmy Gronen was disqualified from the 36th annual Soap Box Derby. Official
x-rays of the winning vehicle revealed improper modifications -- an elaborate
electromagnetic system that gave Gronen an edge. It was a scandal that nearly
ended a sport that has bred several NASCAR champions.
Interviews with longtime Soap Box Derby director Jeff Iula, author Melanie
Payne, the real winner Bret Yarborough, race officials and several witnesses
reveal a secret world where it seems people have been doing "anything to win"
"The soap box derby was pure. It flabbergasted me that someone would go
to that length to cheat in the soap box derby. This was as basic as apple
pie, baseball and mom," said Jim Clemente, Southwestern United States Regional
Director for the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Gronen was the first winner in the history of the race ever to be
disqualified, but he wouldn't be the last. The show will also feature a test
to demonstrate how much a magnet can affect the outcome of a race.
ANYTHING TO WIN is produced by Creative Differences and Asylum
Entertainment. Erik Nelson, Dave Harding and Frank Sinton serve as executive
producers. Nelson and Harding, the team behind BIG BUCKS: THE PRESS YOUR LUCK
SCANDAL, GSN's first and highly successful documentary special, have produced
more than 400 hours of programming for 12 different networks. Recently,
Nelson also produced his first theatrical documentary: Werner Herzog's
critically acclaimed "Grizzly Man." Asylum Entertainment, founded in 2000,
created the 10-time Emmy nominated series "Beyond the Glory" and the Emmy
nominated series "Fearless."
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated
to game-related programming. The network features game shows, reality series,
documentaries and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN
has allowed viewers to play-along with on-air programming via their computers
and GSN.com since 2002. Reaching more than 57 million Nielsen homes, GSN is
distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite
providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and
Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press
website at corp.gsn.com.