FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Countdown


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.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Bobby Cooper - 2015

  Bob Cooper
  Akron, Ohio 

Cooper operates a metal fabrication company in New Franklin, which supplies steering and brake assemblies for Soap Box Derby racing nationwide. Cooper began his Soap Box Derby involvement when he raced in the Akron local Soap Box Derby from 1956 through 1959.  He became a volunteer for the All-American race beginning in 1960, and became a member of the National Control Board (now called Racing Commission) in 1975.  He is vice chairman of the Racing Commission and has been the starting line crew chief since 1980.  


Fran Seabeck - 2015

         Fran Seabeck
      North Canton, Ohio 

Fran Seabeck joined the All-American Derby’s headquarters staff in 1995, retiring as office manager in 2007.  In her early years as an employee, she worked closely with the Rally Commission, helping the Rally program grow from a handful of race cities to more than 100.  Seabeck’s first involvement with the Soap Box Derby was when her daughters raced in the Akron local race in the late 1980s.  She joined the board of directors of the Akron Derby organization in 1987, and became a member of the All-American Derby’s National Control Board in 1990, where she served as secretary until 2007.  


Bud Seabeck - 2015

         Bud Seabeck
      North Canton, Ohio

Seabeck’s impact on the program continues as he designed and built the prototype for the Super Stock division’s race car which was introduced in 1995, and continues in production today. Seabeck became active in the Akron local Derby organization when his daughters raced from 1987 through 1990.  He served on the local’s board of director and served as Akron local race director beginning in 1991. The following year, he became a member of the All-American Derby’s board and served as treasurer beginning in 1993.  Seabeck was the first Rally Commissioner in the early 1990s and was instrumental in the rally circuit’s early success. He is a contractor.     

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 Buchholzer, 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 - 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

2014 - Rick Acker, Alan Howe, Mark Scuderi