FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby:

  • August/September 2019 AA Rally 4 Race Weekend (One double and one single elimination race each day)
    • Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st
    • MASTERS RACERS ONLY: For the double elimination on Sunday, 1st and 2nd place winners will receive a trophy and $50 each. 3rd place will be awarded $100 to $200 (Special conditions apply). Racers must race in all 4 races for the weekend. Contact the Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby at with any questions.
    • The race fees are $35 first race and $25 second race each day ($10 discount for all 4 races, $10 discount for households with more than one racer). We accept cash, checks made payable to "Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby" and credit cards (with a $3 processing fee). 
    • There will be a 2-4-2 progressive wheel swap in the double elimination races and a 2-4-2 regular wheel swap in the single elimination races. To assist in finding your wheels at the end of the race, the Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby will provide pre-printed labels for your wheels at registration. Please let us know if you will be attending so that we may have the wheel labels ready to roll!


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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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