FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

FAQs

What is the Rappahannock Region?

The Rappahannock Region covers Stafford County, City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, King George County and Caroline County. Racers living in these counties are invited to register for our race.

I live outside of the Rappahannock region but would like to race, what do I do?

The All American Soapbox Derby (AASBD) created an interactive map to help you find location close to you.  Visit their website to access the interactive map and click on “Virginia” to find the closest race to you. 

Where and how do I find a car kit?
New car kits are purchased directly from the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. Stock Kits are $430. Super Stock kits are $465. Master shells are no longer available due to the manufacturer.  The master’s floorboard and hardware kit is still available and will be sold as a Masters Short Kit. If you have not already purchased your Masters shell for the 2014 season, the All American headquarters has approved the reuse of existing shells. For more information and to order kits or parts please visit www.aasbd.org.

These prices do NOT include shipping. Z-glas wheels are an additional $100 plus shipping. These kits will be shipped directly to your home or the address of your choice. The shipping box is approximately the size of the car’s shell. You will need a small pick up truck or a minivan to transport the kit and/or the finished car. We will assign your car a racing number once you’ve registered for the race.

We try to help match cars to kids looking to race. If you know of anyone who has an extra car that will not be racing it this year or if you need a car, please call Alvin Staples, Race Director, at 540-786-5930 orderbyfink@aol.com

Where do I find other accessories needed to my car that are compliant with race rules?

Visit the AASBD Shop for helmets, kits, and car parts.

I would like to be a car sponsor, how do I do that?

Being a car sponsor provides great exposure of that business to the community.  You are listed as the car sponsor in the program and everyone at the event will see your car racing down the William St. Hill on race day.  The is an ADDITIONAL cost outside of the registration fee for the driver.  As the car sponsor, you are responsible for the car wrap, lettering, etc. on the derby car.  If you would like to sponsor a car or a driver, please contact Local Race Director Alvin  or Michele Staples for more information at (540) 786-5930 or derbyfink@aol.com

I would like to be an event day sponsor, how do I do that?

The success of this event is heavily dependent upon the commitment of our strong community partners and sponsorships.  There are various sponsorship levels available to help your business or organization.  Please contact Sonja Wise, Local Race Coordinator, for questions.

Where do we park on race day?
Family of the drivers may park on side streets near the race or we recommend the Free Lance-Star parking lot on William Street.  Keep in mind you will not be able to cross William Street (with your cars) between College Avenue and Kenmore Avenue on race day. Also, to ease traffic and parking for neighborhood residents, parking and travel on Brompton St. will be limited to residents only.

When do I race? 
Racing brackets will be posted online after the Lane & Heat drawing that show the order of races. We are sorry, but we can not give you a specific time you will race, so drivers need to be near their car throughout the day. Each driver is guaranteed to go down the hill 2 times.

How do you know who wins?
We measure the differential of the cars passing over the finish line. In other words, our timing system measures which car comes across the finish line first, and by how much it beats the other car. The car that wins by the biggest differential is the one that goes on, and the other car is eliminated.

What happens to my car after the race?
As long as you are winning, your car is brought back up to the top of the hill. If you are eliminated, your car will be put in the Maury playground area at the bottom of the hill until you pick it up. Parents will not be allowed to drive past barricade on Kenmore Ave and Brompton St.You will need to roll your car from the disqualification area down the street to your vehicle. Disqualified cars must be picked up by the end of the day. The Soap Box Derby is not responsible for any cars left in Maury Field.  The top two finishing cars in each division are impounded until the winning cars are re-inspected and sent on to Akron. At that time the second place cars will be available for pick up by their drivers.