Inspiring
Champions
Worldwide

The official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing – a youth gravity racing program which has been inspiring new generations of champions since 1934.

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Derby Downs Grand Stands

Local & Rally Race
Schedules

Over 100 race cities around the world qualify champs for our annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

May 25, 2024 - May 26, 2024
AKRON MEMORIAL WEEKEND RALLY
Region 6
Rally Race
May 25, 2024 - May 26, 2024
Best in the West Classic
2-Day Event
Rally Race
June 01, 2024
Cleveland Area Local Championship
Region 6
Local Race
June 01, 2024
2024 Chicago All American Local Race
1-Day Event
Local Race
June 01, 2024
2024 Flint Soap Box Derby
Region 5
Local Race
June 01, 2024
Indianapolis 2024 Local Race (June 1st)
1-Day Event
Local Race
June 01, 2024
Stafford, VA Soap Box Derby Local Race
Region 8
Local Race

Latest Updates

Gravity Racing Challenge: Soap Box Derby for Local Schools

AKRON, Ohio (May 18, 2024) - Rain and cold temperatures didn't stop the more than 70 Gravity Racing Challenge teams that came to Derby Downs in Akron to compete for top prizes among their peers. Four high schools competed Thursday, May 9 and 18 grade schools and youth...

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By Stem

The International Soap Box Derby® is a non-profit youth education and leadership development organization. In addition to our renowned Soap Box Derby races, we also provide a variety of STEM programs designed to be hands on for grades 3-12.

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.

Build a Soap Box Derby Super Stock Car

Racer

Ready to race? Anyone between the ages of 7 and 20 years of age is eligible to compete in the Soap Box Derby. Find your local race program and select a division to get started!

Volunteer

Be a part of the exciting events happening at Derby Downs! Learn more about Soap Box Derby volunteer opportunities to see how you can get involved.

Committee

Become one of our core volunteers – Rally Commission, A-Team, Racing Commission, and Regional Directors work year-round to help make Soap Box Derby programs at Derby Downs and around the country a success.