2015 FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Countdown 2015/07/25 8:00:00

Candidates may be considered for induction into the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame on the basis of significant contributions to the program by dedicating years of service to the organization, or as an ambassador, promoting the betterment of the sport and its participating young persons, or by supporting the youth racing program through financial or sponsorship contribution, enabling the continued growth of the youth racing program.

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Acker, Rick

Rick Acker
Akron, Ohio 

Acker raced as a boy in Akron in the early 1960s and has been a long-time volunteer for the local Akron and the All-American organizations. He served on the local board of directors from 1974 until 1990, was Akron local president in 1989, and race director in 1990. Acker was a member of the All-American's National Control Board for many years and has served as chief inspector for the Masters division since 2007. He is head of graphic imaging for Downing Exhibits.


Howe, Alan

         Alan Howe
      Columbus, Ohio 

Howe was assistant director of the Washington, D.C. Soap Box Derby from 1993 through 1999, and has been director of the Columbus race since 2002. He has been a member of the All-American's rally commission since 2003 and served as head of that commission from 2005 until 2012. He also served on the All-American board of directors from 2004 until 2011. Howe is vice president of the hotel group of Olshan Properties.

Scuderi, Mark - smaller

        Mark Scuderi
      Rochester, N.Y.

Scuderi competed in the Rochester race from 1968 through 1970.  He helped establish the Gold Coast, Fla., Soap Box Derby in 1984, and re-launched the Rochester race in 1995. He has served as local Rochester race director since 1995, and has been a regional director for the All-American organization since 2001. Scuderi has directed the most local and rally races in Soap Box Derby history and was the first to run an indoor rally race. He is retired from IBM and is an independent financial analyst.

Previous Inductees

1997 - Myron E. Scott, Bain E. "Shorty" Fulton, Jim Schlemmer, Jimmy Stewart, Wilbur Shaw

1998 - John S. Knight, Mason Bell, George W. Brittain, Jim Ott, Howard Flood

1999 - Marie Wright, Ralph Barnes, Ralph Iula, Loris C. Troyer, Frank A. 'Whitey" Wahl

2000 - Bruce Bucholzer, Bob Gravett, Ron Baker

2001 - Don Lenox, Don Meech, Tom Kilroy, Ray Schieb

2002 - Bill Ford, Jack Morran, Bob Turner

2003 - Jim Underwood, Bob Troyer, Bill Kuntz

2004 - Don Adams, David J. Holly, Ira C. Sapozink, Ronald Reagan

2005 - Shirley Foster, Tony DeLuca, Paul Arnsmeyer, Roy Hartz

2006 - Bob Campbell, Herman "Tex" Finsterwald, Bruce Hunsicker, Jeff Iula

2007 - Bob Campbell, Jack Gormley, Bob McLaughlin, Jimmy Collier

2008 - Brooks Townsend, Don Huminsky, Ron Reed, Russ Kinsey

2009 - George Rodenbaugh, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic

2010 - Norm Perry

2011 - Jerry Van Waart, Pat Taylor

2012 - Dale Russell, Millie Esque, Jack Engelke

2013 - Bill Harris, Ken Morrow, Marty Sullivan