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New Zealand Soap Box Derby

New Zealand Soap Box Derby supports Soap Box Derby racing in Auckland, New Zealand. It is a school orientated event run by the New Zealand Rotary, in which students and their peers participate in the greatest amateur racing program in the world. The Soap Box Derby teaches youngsters teamwork, perseverance, the spirit of competition, and basic construction skills. Our program is inclusive and allows opportunities for “super kid” racing, which pairs special needs racers with experienced drivers in order to allow special needs children to enjoy the thrill of the soapbox derby. Soap Box Derby racing is fun for all!


A message from the All-American Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

The idea of the Soap Box Derby grew out of a photographic assignment of Dayton, Ohio, newsman Myron Scott. He covered a race of boy-built cars in his home community and was so impressed with this event that he acquired a copyright for the idea and began development of a similar program on a national scale.

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