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About Us

The Spindletop Rotary Club is proud to announce this year's Southeast Texas Soap Box Derby. This is our 16th year to sponsor and conduct this wonderful community wide event, bringing together kids, parents, families, and the business community of Southeast Texas for a fun-filled and rewarding weekend. Kids build cars with the help of a parent or mentor, businesses help promote the event through sponsorship opportunities, and kids compete for scholarships in a fun and friendly environment and a chance to race their car in the International Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio in July, 2017.

Our local race includes cars in the Stock Division, Super Stock Division, and Super Kids Division. We do not offer races in the Masters Division.

This year's Soap Box Derby is dedicated to the memory of our beloved fellow Rotarian Lloyd Koehnen. Lloyd was instrumental in our Soap Box Derby planning, fundraising, and implementation until his passing last year. We will always cherish and remember Lloyd and it is with this thought that we dedicate this year's Derby to his memory.

INTERNATIONAL SOAP BOX DERBY

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.