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Ocala Soap Box Derby

Through the generous donations of local business, community organizations, and individuals, we own about 35 cars that we make available to local children (ages 7 to 20) to drive and compete in local rallies and the race. There are three styles of cars: stock, super stock, and masters. Each has its own set of weight and age restrictions.

Ocala Soap Box Derby, Inc. Is a volunteer organization of community minded individuals who have come together to organize and sponsor the local Soap Box Derby. We are a non-profit organization (501c3) and all donations are tax deductible. We are dependent upon the generous support of the community and our partners to operate.



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.