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About Us

Soap Box Derby is open to boys and girls ages 7-20.

 You must be 7 by the local race date and cannot be 18 by August 1st of the current race year.  Master Division driver age limit is 10 by the local race date and cannot be 20 by August 1st of the current year.

 Soap Box Derby has a long history of building more than racers.   It has a history of building character, friendships and the desire to achieve.  We believe that kids involved with our program should be taught the value of hard work and good sportsmanship.  We see this as a priority for when this happens everybody is a winner.  With parental guidance and participation, Soap Box Derby is an educational as well as a fun experience for all involved.

 Lafayette Soap Box Derby races four divisions:  Stock, Super Stock, Masters and Challenger.  The Stock, Super Stock and Masters winners earn the right to compete at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio in July. 

Organizers of the LSBD are all volunteers and we are always looking for additional help.

 2017 Dates:

May 5,6,7th   and 12,13,14th  FLOWER SALES   FUND RAISING

May 16th, 17th, 24th, 25th  Assembly Clinics.    3838 State Road 38 East  (behind JR Rohrman) old Andrews Olds dealership

June 3rd   Practice session 8am to approx 11:30am     Grant Street - beside West Lafayette High School  

June 4th  Scales available

June 5th, 6th Inspection

June 8th Drivers meeting

June 10th  RACE DAY!!!


Mission Statement

The Soap Box Derby® is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.