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McHenry County Soap Box Derby

McHenry County Soap Box Derby Today

 Race 7

The soap box derby is active and popular in McHenry County. The town of McHenry is where the official race is held each year. The track goes down the hill toward East Campus High School. The McHenry Kiwanis Club is the sponsor of this exciting event.

The rules are strict. Cars are built from a kit and are ordered through the All American Soap Box Derby.  Boys and girls from ages eight to thirteen can become McHenry Kiwanis soap box derby racers. Building the car and being in a local race is exciting and something just a bit unusual. McHenry's winners take their cars to the innternational race in Akron, Ohio. Racers who win or place in each division at the races in Akron receive a variety of scholarships.

Get involved in a fun activity that has been in McHenry County long before computer and online games were around. Get involved in the excitement of building and racing a soap box derby car. Specifics and requirements can be obtained from Mr. Jim Marinangel at the McHenry Savings Bank in McHenry, Illinois

 Soap Box Derby - History in McHenry County

 

Soap Box Derby Old       

McHenry County has been involved in the All American Soap Box Derby (AASBD) program almost since it was started. County resident Mr. Henry E. Buch built a car and entered it in the soap box derby race down the South Street hill in Woodstock in 1940. He didn’t do well in that race, but he did very well the next year. Mr. Buch was fifteen years old in 1941 when he won local races and was sent to the national race in Akron, Ohio.

 

 

Mr. Buch was a B-29 crew member during World War II and later became a prominent citizen in McHenry County. He opened the 2005 Soap Box Derby races in McHenry, Illinois with a ceremonial run down the track in his 1941 car. The rubber on the old wheels gave out near the end of the track and he crashed. He was not hurt, his car was repaired, and he still has it.

 

       

 

 

 

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