FirstEnergyAll-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.

       2018 Hall of Fame Inductees


Carole Berry 2018

Carole Berry
Dover, New Hampshire

Carole Behan Berry raced in the New Hampshire State Soap Box Derby in Dover in 1972 and 1973.  She then started volunteering for the local race organization, for which she served as board president and rally director in the mid-90s and continues as a volunteer.  In 1995, Berry became a founding member of the All-American Soap Box Derby’s Internet team, where she continues her computerization efforts for race data, including the inspection process, heat and lane assignments, timing and race results.  She became a member of the All-American Soap Box Derby’s Racing Commission and was elected to the board of directors in 2016.  Berry is administrative manager of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.


Craig Flury 2018


Craig Flury
Akron, Ohio

Craig Flury raced in the local race in Akron  from 1965 through 1968.  The following year, he became a volunteer in the run-out area for both the Akron local and All-American Soap Box Derby races.  While living in California beginning in 1978, he was a volunteer for the Vallejo local race and served that organization as race director in 1981.  He returned to Ohio in 1984, and immediately became a volunteer again for the Akron local Derby organization. He was Akron’s race director in 1985, and was a board member from 1984 through 1993.  Flury became a founding member of the All-American Soap Box Derby’s A-Team technical group in 1986, and joined the Racing Commission in 1989.  Since 2015, he has been chief inspector for the Masters division racecars competing in the annual World Championships.  He is owner-operator of the Gordon-Flury Memorial Home in Akron.


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

2015 - Bob Cooper, Fran Seabeck, Bud Seabeck 

2016 - Chuck Jones, John Esque, Bill Speeg

2017 - Ken Cline, Mark Packard