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Greater Cincinnati Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program open to any child at least 7 year of age and 20. Children compete by driving their racers in one of three levels of gravity powered racing cars built from kits purchased from the All-American Soap Box Derby.

 2018 Race Schedule

Greater Cincinnati Soap Box Derby races monthly on street circuits starting in April and running through October.

Saturday - April 7 - 1pm - 6pm

Cincinnati Fun Run* - Free trial runs for youth interested in Soap Box Derby

Location: Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042


Sunday April 15 -  Grand Prix* (Due to construction on Hetzell this race is canceled.)

Location: TBD


Saturday, May 19- Golf Manor Grand Prix

Location: Bremont Ave, Golf Manor

June - Tentative date

Saturday, June 9 - Greater Cincinnati Local Derby*

Location: Larch Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224

August - Tentative date

Saturday, August 4 - St Bernard Grand Prix*

Location: 4615 Tower Avenue St. Bernard, OH 45217

September - Tentative date

Saturday, September 22 - Florence Grand Prix*

Location: Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042

October - Tentative date

Saturday, October 13 - Grand Prix*

Location: TBD

* Non All-American Rally Point Race 


2nd Place - Local Super Stock Division - 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby



2017 Local winners



1st Place - Aaron Howard
2nd Place - Will Payton (Stock Rookie of the Year)
3rd Place - Branden Griffith
(front row, Will, Aaron, Branden)

Super Stock
1st Place - Zander Kokotajlo
2nd Place - Xavier Camden
3rd Place - Zavier Hoover (Super Stock Rookie of the Year)
(back row, Xavier, Zander, Zavier)

A big thank you all our drivers, parents, car handlers, and volunteers for making the Greater Cincinnati Local Derby Race a great family friendly event. We had 28 cars racing for their chance to race in Akron. We truly couldn't have done it without your support and help on race day, so THANK YOU!

Stock Divsion Results:

4th Place - Madison Rhoden
5th Place - Kadyn Merillat
6th Place - Theresa Yeager
7th Place - Cameron Wheeler
8th Place - Emily Rudd

Super Stock Divsion Results:

4th Place - Sam Watts
5th Place - Tyler Helton
6th Place - Oscar Nevins
7th Place - Nathan Turner
8th Place - Timothy Rudd

Don't have kids, but want to be part of the fun?  

We have several volunteer positions available, register here.

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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