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The sun shone on the 10th Annual Windermere Stanwood Camano Island Soap Box Derby. Fifty-one racers competed to represent Stanwood and Camano Island in the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship race held July 22nd in Akron Ohio. Jenna Sanders won the Sportsmanship Award racing the Stanwood Police Department Car. Barric Danielson won first place in the Super Stock Division and Best in Show racing the Lenz Enterprises car. Braddock Johnson won first place in the Stock Division racing the Windermere Seahawks car. The Danielson Ready to Ride driven by Ryker Belles won Best in Show in Super Stock. Jenna Sanders won 2nd place in the Super Stock Division racing the Stanwood Police Department car. Damien Cabrera won 2nd place in the Stock Division racing the Whitehead Family Car. Third place winners were Ellie McDonald in Super Stock racing the Camano Island Builders car and Brennick Lemke racing his Stock car sponsored by his Grandparents Lemke and Grandparents Waters and Sunstream Boats Lifts.

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On Sunday, June 11, Ronan Johnson, age 15, of Camano Island, WA won the National Derby Rallies (NDR) National Championships of Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing in Omaha, NE. This annual event which rotates cities every two years attracted a field of the top 105 gravity racers from around the United States, ages 8-20. The NDR Nats is one of two National Championships in SBD, the other being the All-American SBD in Akron, OH.  Ronan won the lay-down Masters class, and in doing so became the first National Champion in Soap Box Racing since David Krussow of Tacoma won the All-American in 1966. Ronan has also earned the opportunity to race at the All-American - his forth time to do so - this July.


Soap Box Derby is a family sport for youth 7-20. The kids build their cars with help from parents or mentors, using kits available from the national AASBD governing body,‎. Northwest races are currently run in Stanwood, WA, Poulsbo, WA, and Salem, OR. Racers frequently travel for rally race weekends to accumulate points and compete for a spot in the national championships along with tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarship money. Derby teaches kids sportsmanship, science and engineering, and as races can be decided by a thousandth of a second, a tremendous attention to preparation and detail.


The 10th Annual Stanwood Local Race presented by Windermere Real Estate will be run next weekend and is now the largest on the West Coast, with over 60 cars in two classes expected this year. The Stanwood Club is also starting construction on a dedicated Soap Box Derby Track on Camano Island, only the second of it's kind west of the Rockies.‎ The new track is expected to greatly increase Derby events and interest in the Region.  For more info Google "Stanwood Soap Box Derby".


‎Ronan is a freshman at Stanwood High School‎, and also competes in Soccer, Track, and Basketball.  He has competed in Soap Box Derby for seven years, and on a national level for the last four. He comes from a Derby Family, and his older sister Willa has  also qualified for the 2017 All-American this summer in her Masters racer, for a fifth time, a record number of Akron appearances for a driver from WA state.


Ronan attneded the NDR Nats with his Dad Richard, an Engineering Leader at the Boeing, Co. The two are pulling Ronan's winning car home in their Derby trailer and expect to be back in WA by mid-week.

Thanks for your time!

Rich Johnson (aka Ronan's Dad)‎

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A message from the All-American Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

The idea of the Soap Box Derby grew out of a photographic assignment of Dayton, Ohio, newsman Myron Scott. He covered a race of boy-built cars in his home community and was so impressed with this event that he acquired a copyright for the idea and began development of a similar program on a national scale.

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