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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 three divisions:  Stock, Super Stock, and Challenger.  The Stock and Super Stock 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.

 2018 Dates:

May 4,5,6th   and 11, 12,13th  FLOWER SALES   FUND RAISING

May 15th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th  Assembly Clinics.    3838 State Road 38 East  (Twin City Used Car lot) old Andrews Olds dealership  7 - 9 pm

June 2rd   Practice session 9am to approx 11:30am     Grant Street - beside West Lafayette High School  

June 3th  Scales available

June 4th, 5th Inspection

June 7th Drivers meeting

June 9th  RACE DAY!!!


Contact Numbers:

Tom Burns   765 427 5124

Ted Murphy 765 714 5216

Mike Smith 765 491 4396


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.