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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.


*In order to plan and prepare for the 2017 Columbus Local Soap Box Derby Race, please fill-out and submit the following online registration form for  your child no later than by April 27, 2017. 

Also please note, that there are several Local Race cities in the Central Ohio area (Columbus, Lancaster, North Central, Wayne Holmes, Tuscarawas). 

If your child is interested in participating in a Local Soap Box Derby Race, he/she must race in his/her closest race city.  If you are unsure of your closest race city, contact Dan Kirk, Columbus Local Race Director for assistance (phone) 614-327-4447 or  (email)       Thank you!

CAR INSPECTION DATE (& TEST RUNS):  Saturday, April 29, 2017

TIME:  9 am-2 pm

LOCATION:  Big Run Park, 4201 Clime Rd., Columbus, OH

*Limited amount of storage of Soap Box Cars available at nearby storage unit.                                                          Contact Dave Hubbell: to reserve a spot.


COLUMBUS LOCAL SBD RACE DATE:  Saturday, May 6, 2017

TIME:  Check-in 8 am

LOCATION:  Big Run Park, 4201 Clime Rd., Columbus, OH 

The Columbus Soap Box Derby will be hosting its 73rd annual Local Race at Big Run Park on May 6, 2017.      Youth will have the opportunity to compete in 3 racing divisions:  stock, super stock, and masters. 

Each racing division Champion will then have the opportunity to represent Columbus in the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship which is being held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Akron, OH. 

All car drivers will receive an award and t-shirt for participating in the Columbus Soap Box Derby  Local race. 

Please email by April 20,2017—T-shirt size for driver & car handler (YS YM YL AS AM AL AXL AXXL) to:  Linda Hubbell,

Pre-Race Car Inspections are required and must be completed by the Columbus Soap Box Derby on April 29, 2017, unless additional arrangements are made and approved by the Race Director. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or how we can assist you in preparation for this upcoming race!!!

Contact Person:  Dan Kirk, Race Director- phone: 614-327-4447 or

Online Registration Form

Online Parent Conduct Form







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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