FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

About Us

The Soap Box Derby has been a tradition in San Diego since 1946 and since 2002 the community of Sherman Heights has been host to this unique racing event.

The San Diego Soap Box Derby team focuses on teaching kids basic skills of workmanship, the thrill of competition, the pride of tradition and most importantly, the sprit of sportsmanship in a family fun environment. 

The San Diego All American Soap Box Derby hosts two exciting races each year, the Rally and Local race. 

The Rally Race will be held at the intersection of 61st Street and Skyline Drive in the neighborhood of Encanto in April. 

The Local Race will be held in the neighborhood of Sherman Heights on 22th Street, between Imperial Avenue and Market Street, in May. 

Car building workshops will be held every Saturday typically starting in February until May, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., 92113.


2017 San Diego Local Champions


Name Division
Simeon Jennings Local Stock 
Melanie Arellano Local Super Stock 
Nash Havin Local Masters 












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.