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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.


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


Dates are not yet approved.  Roughly, plan on a Fun Day in early April, a rally later in April, and the Columbus Championships in May.


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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