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About Us

The New Brunswick Soap Box Derby celebrates its 17th year this year.  This year's derby will be held on Saturday June 3rd beginning with check in, inspections, and practice at 8am.  The 17th Annual Soap Box Derby will begin racing at 11am.  The New Brunswick Soap Box Derby will be held at Johnson & Johnson's World Headquarters located at 501 George Street in New Brunswick.  The New Brunswick Derby features five divisions of racing: Stock, Super Stock, Masters, Super Kids, and Adult races.  Special thanks to our major sponsors: Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey Soap Box Racing Association, Turtle and Hughes and the City of New Brunswick.  
Annually participants are encouraged to participate in the builders clinics, special events and pre race activities.  Soap Box Racing is available for youth ages 7-19.  The New Jersey Soap Box Racing Board is all volunteer and always looking for supporters to help with clinics/events. Please call Board President-Mike Blackwell at (732) 259-4297 or email 

New Brunswick currently hosts the only official Soap Box Derby in the state of New Jersey that qualifies the winners and provides the opportunity for the local champs to advance to the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.  

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        Above you will find the 2016 New Brunswick Derby Champions posing with their trophies
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Super Stock Champion George Amadeo finished 4th in the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron in 2016
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    New Brunswick Derby Co-Directors having a great time in Akron cheering on our local champs
  Past Champs Juliane Miller and Patrick Flynn preparing one of our Super Kids for a race on Derby Day.  
Past New Brunswick Champs


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.