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Soap Box Derby Racing Alive and Well in Colorado Springs!

The goals of the Soap Box Derby Program are to promote families working together to teach young people basic skills of workmanship along with the spirit of competition and the perseverance to continue a project to completion. Each driver (age 7 - 21) must build their own car, with adult help, to qualify to race.


Build your own race car and drive it in competition!


Boys and girls ages 7 through 21 are eligible.


To build valuable skills in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and compete! Trophies for all contestants.
Winners go to Akron, Ohio to compete in the Internation Soap Box Derby, partial expenses paid!


Pre-inspection and Practice: June 3, 2018 - 9am to Finish

Final Inspection and Impound Day is Saturday: June 9, 2018
Race Day is Sunday: June 10, 2018 - First Race at 8:05am to finish.


East of downtown Colorado Springs, Costilla St. between Wahsatch and El Paso (Map)


1. Racer must register on International forms for local races proof of age required
2. Racer must build own car with help and advice from adults as needed per the rules of AASBD (Link for each division)
3. Must build car using kit purchased from International Soap Box Derby (Link to store)
4. Cars may be "Masters", "Super Stock" or "Stock" Divisions and use only Z - Glas wheels
5. Cars must pass inspection before competing


Deadline May 1, 2018.

To register, click on the Registration Form block and it will open in your browser.

If you are using Internet Explorer or Google Chrome you will be able to fill it out in the browser. Then download it to your computer and email it to


Racers are encouraged to obtain a sponsor to help defray the cost of the kit. Sponsors may advertise on the car. A limited number of sponsorships will be available, check with the Director.


Clinics to assist in construction of the racecar will be held closer to race day and commencing at 10:00 am. Stay tuned for the dates.

Like our Facebook page for direct contact!

Contact the Race Director, Jody Shanklin
By Phone: 719.641.5647 
By Mail: 18450 Lazy Summer Way, Monument, CO 80132
or by email at


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.