FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown


Derby Spotlight- Jenn Baugher 07.24.2017 Jenn Baugher grew up in Akron, Ohio beginning her Soap Box Derby racing career in 1992 at the age of eight. She was the first and only member of her family to take part in the sport. By participating in the Derby, it allowed Jenn to become closer to her father, an engineer who enjoyed helping her build her Stock and Super Stock Derby cars. Jenn’s already existing interest in cars paired with her father’s engineering insight helped lead her to the STEM career field she works in today! Read More The Graphite Kid Returns To Derby Downs 07.19.2017 Gilbert (Gil) Klecan, of San Diego, Calif., the 1946 world champion of the All-American Soap Box Derby, will serve as Grand Marshal of Saturday’s pre-race parade at the 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby. Klecan, 85, is returning to Derby Downs for the first time since the 50th anniversary race in 1987. Read More Soap Box Derby Partners With Eaton Corporation For The Eaton Local Challenge During The 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship 07.12.2017 The International Soap Box Derby announced today that it has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Eaton Corporation.

The Eaton Corporation will be the presenting sponsor of the Local Challenge race during the 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship. The Eaton Local Challenge will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 starting at 7:30 a.m. and only local champions from the Stock, Super Stock and Masters divisions will compete.
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Derby Spotlight- Shannon Hoffman 06.24.2017 “I enjoyed chemistry because it has always amazed me how tiny interactions that are way too small to see are so critical to every aspect of life.”

The above quote is the wise words of Shannon Hoffman. While reading, we wonder about the decisions we make in life and the people we interact with—how do they shape our future. Shannon currently attends the University of Dayton where she studies Chemical Engineering. It was her thoughts on the tiny particles of life making us who we are that motivated her to pursue a career in Engineering...
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Creative Designs of Cars In United Way Corporate Derby Challenge presented by Fallsway Equipment Company will be unveiled at Derby Downs Party on Thursday, July 13 06.21.2017 Read More Thank You Thursday - Swensons 06.15.2017 In 1934 the first official All-American Soap Box Derby race was held. Also in 1934 Wesley T. “Pop” Swenson opened the first Swensons drive in fast food location in Akron, Ohio. The restaurant chain, with its iconic running car-hops, now has seven locations in the Akron area. Read More Thank You Thursday - Precision Garage Door 06.08.2017 Three years ago the International Soap Box Derby and Precision Garage Door formed a partnership to provide Precision promotional opportunities through the Derby’s various programs. Over the last two years Precision has installed six garage doors on the Derby’s production facility at the Topside location. Three more will be installed later this fall. Read More Alex Seither Will Receive Soap Box Derby's President's Youth Volunteer Service Award 06.05.2017 Alex Seither of Mason, Ohio, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 President’s Youth Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes volunteers under the age of 21 who have made a positive impact on the Soap Box Derby through their leadership on the local or national level. Read More Thank You Thursday - Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation 06.01.2017 The Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation was established in 1954 and gives primarily for social services, education, the arts, and children's and healthcare services.

The Foundation has partnered with the International Soap Box Derby since 2012 and generously supports the general operations of the organization.
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Thank You Thursday - Keep Akron Beautiful 05.25.2017 Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1981 to implement a comprehensive litter prevention recycling promotion and beautification program for the City of Akron. One of the annual beautification sites is the world famous Derby Downs track. Read More