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Cape Girardeau Soap Box Derby



Known as the greatest amateur racing event, Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program that began in 1934. Girls and boys ages 7-18 race gravity powered cars, reaching speeds up to 30 miles an hour.  

The annual race in Cape Girardeau, sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club, is typically held on the first Saturday in May. Drivers race down a portion of North Sprigg Street between Bertling Street and Lexington Avenue.




April 13, 2019  First clinic, St. Vincent de Paul Center, Cape Girardeau

April 27, 2019, Second clinic, St. Vincent de Paul Center, Cape Girardeau

May 3, 2019, Final check-in, Blanchard School, Cape Girardeau

May 4, 2019, RACE DAY

May 5, 2019, Rain Day

A message from the All-American Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

The idea of the Soap Box Derby grew out of a photographic assignment of Dayton, Ohio, newsman Myron Scott. He covered a race of boy-built cars in his home community and was so impressed with this event that he acquired a copyright for the idea and began development of a similar program on a national scale.

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