FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

The All-American Soap Box Derby began internationally in 1933 and has a long history in Hazard, KY, starting back in the 1930’s when boys used scrap materials to design and build unique cars to race downhill.  The early Soap Box Derby died out in Hazard in the  1950’s before the Kiwanis Club of  Hazard and Perry County revived it as an annual service project in 2000.

There are three types of cars in modern Derby racing:  stock, super stock and masters division.  Today cars are built from kits, so all appear the same structurally, and with the driver must meet a specified maximum weight.  Racers can personalize their cars:  stock cars are decorated with decals and shells come in different colors; super stock cars can be painted in custom designs or purchase colored shells; the masters  division (not run at the Hazard race) also sport custom designs.

In the Hazard race, Stock cars are driven by ages 8-13 and Super Stock  is  11-18 and can include younger racers who have won the stock division. Winners of each class advance to the International Soap Box Derby at Akron OH.  




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.