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It's looking like we will have a Masters Division in 2018. Please notify us with your desire to join the division.

For full points to be awarded at the races, there must be a field of 6 cars. We do not have that number now so we will cancel this year and hope to pull in more interest next year.

Please refresh yourself with the general race day process at Race Programs > Mile High Race Info > Race Procedures!

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2018 Race Dates:

April 21-22 2018 All American Rally
      All American Rally weekend
      Double and single elimination races on Saturday and Sunday 

May 19-20 2018 All American Rally
      All American Rally weekend- 
      Double and single elimination races on Saturday and Sunday 

June 9-10 2018 Local Championship Race 
      Denver Metro Local Championship weekend 

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2018 First Energy All American Soap Box Derby World Championships Akron, Ohio 

July  21, 2018

 

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2018 Car Clinics

The child must build the car with the help of an adult. This is a joint effort between child and adult, but the child must do a lot of the work. Car Construction clinics are scheduled to help you with the construction of the car.  There will be a stock and super stock car at each clinic for demonstration purposes. This clinics will last approx. 2 hours. Each Clinic is different. We will go over the basic assembly of the car.  We will inform everyone how the race will be run, we will recommendations on how to improve the driver and the car and we will have a Question & Answer session at the end.

Clinics held on the Saturday before the rally races:

  • April , 2018

The topic is “Getting Started Correctly”. 

 This will include proper driver fit and position, building basics, the physics of Soap Box Derby and a general overview of the sport and upcoming races.  All are invited.  Bring your cars if you would like specific guidance and help.  We will be willing to do a pre-inspection at all clinics to help prepare any racers for the June 24th official  inspection.

  • April , 2018

The second clinic will cover the basics behind setting the alignment to reduce the forces upon the car that affect speed, eliminating cross bind, and weight setup.  The workshop will involve actually setting these criteria on your cars in preparation for the next week’s rally.

  • May , 2018

The third clinic will cover the final car adjustments and an in depth look into driving skills that lead to a win. Most importantly, this is your opportunity to have help perfecting the weights, alignment, and triangulation to ensure that they are set and optimally ready for racing for the following week’s rally and in preparation for the local championship race in June.

  • June , 2018
Final Workshop and Local Bracketing 
Its purpose is for final race preparation and review of the check-in and inspection process:
    1. Make final registration forms and payment.
    2. Numbers will be drawn randomly for bracketing.
    3. Brackets will be ddrawn for the local race.
    4. Pictures will be taken for the Official Program.
We will also be supplying any help needed to perform any final alignments and use of scales.
Important: If you plan on racing in the local championship in June, you should attend this brief meeting! Otherwise, send registration, payment to 3900 Norwood Drive, Littleton, CO 80125, and email a head shot picture of the driver (with white background to klauter15@gmail.com).

Location: Jerry Stander’s Fix Auto, Highlands Ranch, 3900 Norwood Drive, Littleton, CO 80125

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The Following is a rule change for 2017-2018.

NEW RULE CHANGES AND CAR PLAN CHANGES

The Soap Box Derby has a number rule changes and changes to the car building plans. These changes are highlighted below and effective immediately.


RULEBOOK CHANGES

Rule A-7.08 has been changed to include stock and super stock cars (rule is retroactive).
Once a Stock, Super Stock or Masters car has participated in an AASBD World Championship Race the floorboard is no longer permitted to race in another sanctioned Local, Rally or AASBD World Championship Race by another participant.

Rule B-8.05 has been added to clarify the impounding of cars
B-8.05 It is at the Race Director’s discretion if the winning car remains impounded prior to shipment to Akron or returned to its owner. The Race Director must notify all participants prior to the race if the winning car will be impounded.

Rule C-4.03
Language has been changed on the chart in the Masters division for a second time rally champion. They now must race the local in the stock or super stock division if they are eligible.

Rule C-9.01
Language has been added to the rule to reflect how rally champs are invited to the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship race.

C-9.01 When a participant wins a Rally Regional Title, he or she is called a “Rally Champion” and will receive an invitation to represent his or her Region by competing in the AASBD World Championship with other Rally Champions. The Rally Champion can decline the invitation and must do so in writing to the ISBD headquarters office. If a qualifying racer declines the invitation they forfeit the invitation only for that year but can receive an invitation in subsequent years in the same division as long as they re-qualify.

Rule C-15 Non-Point Earner Status
The entire rule has been removed. All drivers will earn points based on their place of finish.

C-15.02 Tie Breaker in Determining a Rally Regional Title
Rule 15.02 has been changed to consider additional tie breaker options

C-15.02
If necessary, the second tie breaker will be the number of wins; the third tie breaker will be number of second-place finishes; and the fourth tie breaker will be number of third-place finishes.


CAR PLANS CHANGES

Stock and Super Stock Plans

Clarification on how to handle the taping of fraying cable – consistent across all three divisions

 *   Excess steering cable may extend past second ¼” cable clamp and may be removed by cutting.
 *   To avoid cable fraying it is recommended that you tape the ends (electrical tape or similar). The tape can cover a maximum of 3/4” of the cable and can be taped to the other cable.

Clarification on weights – consistent across all three divisions
Weights must not:

 *   Be suspended. No cushion (sponge, rubber, springs, etc.) or other material may be used between the weights or the weight and the floorboard.
 *   Be cantilevered or bowed (must be flat).

Super Stock Plans

Body filler products are permitted to fill in the seam

Tech Tip #2
Seam
2.7 The seam that is visible around the middle of the car can be covered with paint and primer products. Also, body filler products such as Bondo are permitted to fill in the seam.

Masters Plans

Beginning with the 2019-2020 racing season (Aug. 1) epoxy will no longer be allowed to be used on the front and rear mounting plates.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact the Soap Box Derby at soapbox@soapboxderby.org<mailto:soapbox@soapboxderby.org> or 330.733.8723.



 The following is a rule change from 2016.

NEW RULES FOR THE FINISHING OF THE SHELLS FOR THE STOCK AND SUPER STOCK DIVISIONS

12.02.2016

This past summer the Racing Commission voted to change the rule on vinyl stickers/wraps for the Stock and Super Stock Divisions. Full wraps are now allowed for both divisions. The rule change was sent to the Competition Committee and was approved and is now in effect immediately. Below please find the new shell finishing rules for each division:

Stock Shell

No paint finish is permitted for the shell. The only optional finish materials permitted, but not required, are:

1) Decorative permanent markers

    The materials used in the shell manufacturing may cause permanent markers to not properly adhere; therefore, caution  
    is advised when using this optional finish.

2) A thin coat of automotive-type wax

    Caution is advised as some waxes contain colorings that may stain the material.

3) Self-adhesive vinyl materials

    The entire exterior surface of the shell and inner cockpit lip may be finished with solid sheets or decorative cutouts of 
    self-adhesive vinyl material applied in a single layer.

    Exceptions:

    1) If sheet adhesive vinyl material is used, all International Soap Box Derby, Inc. sponsor decals must be placed over the 
    vinyl material.

    2) No vinyl is permitted on the inside of car.

    3) No signage, lettering and/or decoration may cover any screw attachments (washers and screws).

Super Stock Shell

The only optional finish materials permitted, but not required, are:

1) Decorative permanent markers

    The materials used in the shell manufacturing may cause permanent markers to not properly adhere; therefore, caution 
    is advised when using this optional finish.

2) A thin coat of automotive-type wax

    Caution is advised as some waxes contain colorings that may stain the material.

3) Paint

    The exterior of the shell may be finished with paint. No paint finish is permitted inside the shell. Note that many paints 
    may crack or may not properly bond to the Super Stock shell. Contact your local Derby Director for methods and 
    assistance.

4) Self-adhesive vinyl materials

    The entire exterior surface of the shell may be finished with solid sheets or decorative cutouts of self-adhesive vinyl 
    material applied in a single layer.

    Exceptions:

    1) If sheet adhesive vinyl material is used, all International Soap Box Derby, Inc. sponsor decals must be placed over the 
    vinyl material.

    2) No vinyl is permitted on the inside of car.

    3) No signage, lettering and/or decoration may cover any screw attachments (washers and screws).

 

 

 

 

 

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