FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby:

  • April 2019 Rookie Day & NDR Race (Please visit their site for details)
    • Saturday, April 27th
      • Rookie Day Details
        • 12pm to 4pm at the Ewing Park Soap Box race track (1701 E McKinley Avenue in Des Moines - Take SE McKinley Avenue 1/2 mile east from SE 14th St to track (south side of road). Enter gate at 80/35 BMX and Soap Box Derby Track sign.)
        • This event is a chance for children ages 6-18** to learn the basics of soap box derby
          racing and test out their driving skills on our dedicated race track in Ewing Park with
          the assistance of current racers and their families. We will have association cars and
          helmets available for kids to use during the event. This is the perfect opportunity for you
          to see what derby racing is all about! 
        • On the morning of April 27th, the Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby will be hosting a
          National Derby Rallies Race. Please come out to the track prior to the Rookie event to
          experience the atmosphere of a real race. The rookie day is a free event, and all are
          welcome to join us***!
        • The Rookie Day is a great opportunity for new racers to prepare for the 2019 racing
          season. The Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby will be hosting two Spring All-American race weekends. The May 2019 AA Rally 4 race weekend on Saturday, May 18
          th
          and Sunday, May 19th at the Ewing Park Soap Box race track and the June 2019 AA local
          race on Saturday, June 1
          st. The race in June is a street race that takes place in Norwalk,
          Iowa, which determines who will represent central Iowa as the Local Champion at the
          All-American Soap Box Derby
          ® World Championship Race in Akron, Ohio.
        • For additional information, please visit the Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby website
          at
          www.dmsoapbox.com or contact the association at dmsoapbox@gmail.com.
        • *1701 E McKinley Avenue in Des Moines - Take SE McKinley Avenue 1/2 mile east from SE 14th St to track (south side of road). Enter gate at 80/35 BMX and Soap Box Derby Track sign.
        • **Please note, to be eligible to compete in a Soap Box Derby Race, your child must be between the ages of 7 and 21 years of age on race day, but those that are 6 are able to participate in the Rookie Day.
        • *** If your child is physically or mentally challenged and interested in racing, please contact The Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby as soon as possible. We are in the beginning stages of launching a new racing division for your child and would love to have him/her participate.



  • May 2019 AA Rally 4 Race Weekend (One double and one single elimination race each day)
    • Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th
  • June 2019 AA Local (701 Main St, Norwalk, IA 50211 - Inspections are on Friday 5/31/19 location TBD)
    • Saturday, June 1st
  • August 2019 AA Rally 2 Race Day (Single Day Race - One double and one single elimination race)
    • Saturday, August 17th
  • September 2019 AA Rally 4 Race Weekend (One double and one single elimination race each day)
    • Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th

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If you have any questions, please email us at dmsoapbox@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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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