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Soap Box Derby is partnering with Northeast Ohio STEM Ecosystem and Cuyahoga Community College to pilot a program to engage students in designing, building and racing autonomous Soap Box Derby cars 10.20.2017 Read More Soap Box Derby and Sphere Leadership Form Partnership for Soap Box Derby Programs in Australia 10.17.2017 The International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Sphere Leadership of Australia to bring Soap Box Derby programs to Australia. Sphere Leadership will be collaborating with the Soap Box Derby to further its international reach with its All-American racing program and STEM-based education program. Read More Burton D. Morgan Foundation Awards Grant to International Soap Box Derby in Celebration of 50 Years 10.12.2017 Burton D. Morgan Foundation has awarded a grant of $50,000 to International Soap Box Derby, the third of four special $50,000 grants to the community that Morgan Foundation is announcing throughout the year in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Read More Pioneering IndyCar Crew Member Hardy Allen Influenced By Soap Box Derby 08.28.2017 Pioneering IndyCar crew member Hardy Allen has died of pancreatic cancer. A native of Los Angeles, Allen worked for two of the sport's icons as a mechanic, fueler and parts man in the 1960s and early 1970s for Dan Gurney's All American Racers before moving over to A.J. Foyt Enterprises.

A love for making and racing soap box derby cars sent Allen on a path that would eventually lead him to motor racing and two of its great innovators.
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Derby Spotlight - Bob Ballard 08.24.2017 Bob Ballard was born to be an engineer. The moment he set foot on the Derby track his fate was aligned. Even at a young age, Bob found that building, designing, testing and engineering Soap Box Derby cars intrigued him. His racing lead him to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering; a second degree in electrical engineering would soon follow. Read More New Rule and Car Plan Changes For 2017-2018 AASBD Racing Season 08.24.2017 The International Soap Box Derby announced rule changes and car plan changes that will go into effect immediately for the 2017-2018 All-American Soap Box Derby racing season. Read More 2018 Openings On The Racing Commission and A-Team 08.17.2017 The FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby Racing Commission is looking for new members for the 2018 racing season.

Applications for the Racing Commission and A-Team are being accepted from the public until October 1, 2017. Elections will be held electronically in October.
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Soap Box Derby Champion Cayson Hayes will appear on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" on Wednesday, August 2 08.01.2017 Nine-year-old Cayson Hayes of Summerville, S,C., who won the world championship title in the local Stock division in the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby here on July 22, will be a guest on the nationally syndicated television program “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Cayson and his family are traveling to New York City, where he...
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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