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Columbus Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program open to any child at least 7 years of age and not yet age 21. 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.You can find complete rules by clicking here.


April 7 - Derby Fun Day.  10am - 2pm.  Experience the thrill of driving a Soap Box Derby car down the hill.  FREE admission.  Everyone invited.  A great sports and STEM outing for the entire family, your neighbors, cub, boy, or girl scout troops.  Bring your own car or test cars will be available to try out.  Talk with derby enthusiasts on how to get started.  This is a no obligation opportunity to give derby racing a try.  All drivers must be age 7 or older and sign a waiver by their parent.

April 8 - Car Building Workshop.  Want to get started in Derby racing but don't have a car?  THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU.  Purchase your own car or borrow a "club car" and have derby enthusiasts help you setup and tune car.  Then test drive your car on Derby Hill. You'll be ready to race competitively on Apr 14,15 and May 5 at Big Run Park.  Space is limited at the Big Run Shelter Dan at 614 327-4447 to reserve a pit for this workshop.

April 14, 15 - Columbus Spring Rally.  The best cars and drivers from the midwest will race off in one double elimination and one single elimination race on both days for all 3 divisions.  Early-bird fee (if registered and paid by April 7) is $60/car for all 4 races or $40/car for 2 races; $25/race thereafter.  Track opens at 7am, registration closes at 8am, weigh-ins close at 9am, racing begins around 10am.

  • Online Registration Form
  • Online Payment via PayPal - click here, login to your account, click "Send to Friends & Family" to
  • Old School Payment - make check payable to Columbus Soap Box Derby and mail to...
    • Steve Conkel
      6448 Meadow Glen Drive NE
      Westerville, OH 43082 

April 28 - Local car inspection and Fun day.  Local cars must be inspected prior to race day.  Loaner cars might be available for anyone who missed the April 7th event.

  • Online Registration Form

May 5 - Columbus Area Soap Box Derby Race.  This race determines who represents Columbus in the 2018 Soap Box Derby World Championships held in Akron.


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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