FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

Check out these vidoes on how to construct a car:

Stock Car
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKeH8nZfByU&sns=em

Super Stock Car
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_03phmv-MEo&sns=em

If you would like to race but don't have a car yet, send an application form to request associating yourself with a Sertoma car

SMHSBD Club Car Application Form

Registration Form - Local Race

Rally Registration Form

2017 First Energy All American Soap Box Derby World Championships Akron, Ohio 

TBD

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 Rally Race Program

Rallies are fun Soap Box Derby races that are held to give racers and families a chance to practice their skills, set up their cars as well as earn points to earn additional chances to race in the All American world Championships in Akron Ohio and the NDR Nationals in Cleveland, OH. Rally races are held all across the country and many in our region. The rally season is August through May. Rally schedules are available at AASBD.org and NDR.org for the respective organizations. 

The Rally Race Program allows participants to earn points by racing in various Rally Races throughout the United States and Canada. A participant in this program races year-round to win a “Rally Regional Title.” Racers can compete in as many Rally Races as they wish during the course of one season. The top point earners in each region are invited to compete in the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship in Akron, Ohio against other Rally Champions.

Rallies in Denver will be held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and registration will close at 8:30 am on race days. Races are $35 per race for the first racer in a family and $25 per race for a sibling. Pre-registration is not necessary, but you can contact us to save you a spot and give us an accurate head count. Masters racers should all call ahead if interested to make sure we have a field to race. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@SMHSBD.com or Buzz Pankoff @303-523-2899 or Bob or Jerry Stander @303-791-1900. 

Rally Race Timeline 2017

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Race Divisions

There are 4 different divisions that the kids can race in: 

Stock division

The Stock division is for racers ages 7 to 13. They can accommodate a racer up to (approx.) 5'3" tall and 125 lbs. The shells of these cars can not be painted so you can have your choice of 3 colored shells: red, white, or blue.

Super Stock Division

The Super Stock division is for racers ages 9 to 18. They can accommodate a racer up to (approx.) 6'0" tall and 150 lbs. These cars can be painted any color the racer chooses.

Masters Division

The Masters division is for racers ages 10 to 20 and is driven by the more experienced drivers. They can accommodate a racer up to (approx.) 6'0" tall and 160 lbs. Because of the lay down design of these cars, smaller drivers are also competitive in this division. These cars can also be painted any color the racer chooses. 

Denver will unfortunately not be running a Masters division this year. Hopefully there will be more interest next year.

Super Kids Division

This division is for children with physical or mental disabilities that would not be able to participate in the All American Soap Box Derby on their own. This is for kids ages 8 to 17.   Each car is equipped with 2 steering wheels and has been specially designed to accommodate both a child with special needs and a veteran soap box derby driver who serves as a co-pilot.

In 1980 the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #34 had a community project and their undertaking was to assist with the local Akron Soap Box Derby. A veteran named Dave Mitan was working with the racers when he felt a tug on his shirt. Turning around to look who was trying to get his attention, he saw a special needs child next to a brother competing in the event. That small child asked, “Why can’t I do that?” Dave’s heart was so moved and his spirit so touched that he began discussing the experience with member veterans. The Chapter immediately met with the All-American Soap Box Derby, designed and built the cars. In 1981, the first Super Kids Classic was held in Akron, Ohio, and indeed on the same hill used by the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Racing is a family sport that requires the constructon of the car, preparing it for races, and participating in the races on local rally and championship race days. The cars (except for the Super Kids cars) come in a kit which includes everything needed for racing with the exception of the racing wheels and weights. You can buy the kit at www.aasbd.com.

General 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.



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).