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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.

Calling All Columbus Derby Alumni

Help us Celebrate 75 Years of Derby Racing in Columbus.

2019 marks the 75th anniversary of derby racing in Columbus.  Help us celebrate...

  • All Columbus derby alumni are invited to Test Drive Fun Day on Apr 6 to relive the thrill of racing a derby car (adult cars will be available).
  • All Columbus derby alumni have preference to recommend a family member or friend to race a club car in the Columbus Championship on May 11 (contact Dan at 614 327 4447 – first come first served).
  • All Columbus alumni and past champions will be recognized at the Columbus Championships on May 11th at Noon.
  • Watch Facebook for commemorative tshirts to go on sale.
  • Follow us on Facebook as we share our favorite memories and stories.


April 6 - Test Drive Fun Day.  Noon - 4pm.  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/guardian.  Waivers will be at the track or download below.

April 27,28 - Columbus Spring Rally (NOTE THIS DATE WAS CHANGED FROM THE ORIGINAL APR 13/14).  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 21) 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.

May 4 - Local car inspectionAll cars must be inspected prior to race day.  Inspections are by appointment only and will occur at Pickerington Central High School, at the home of our chief inspector, or at the storage facility near the track.  Please contact to ensure your inspection is scheduled.

May 11 - Columbus Area Soap Box Derby Championship.  This race determines who represents Columbus in the 2019 Soap Box Derby World Championships held in Akron.  Entry fee is $35/car.

Sept 14, 2019 - Columbus Autumn Rally.  One double and one single elimination on Saturday only.   


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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