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Thank You Thursday - Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems 10.27.2016 On July 2, 2014 the International Soap Box Derby announced a new partnership with Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, one of the world’s leading aircraft wheel and brake suppliers and headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Read More Thank You Thursday - Marous Brothers Construction 10.20.2016 It was the summer of 1936 and City of Akron officials and community leaders set about to find a larger and more permanent home for the Soap Box Derby. With the support of city officials, they scouted venues with the hills necessary to accommodate the gravity racecars. As the decision was announced for the chosen site, then-Mayor Lee D. Schroy proclaimed “It is fortunate that the new ski run at the airport is so ideally suited to the needs of the Soap Box Derby.” Read More Travis Adkins Appointed Region 6 Director 10.18.2016 Travis Adkins of Ravenna, Ohio, has been appointed Region 6 Director for the International Soap Box Derby (ISBD). Adkins raced for five years in the Portage County Soap Box Derby. He was the 2014 Local Super Stock Champion in Portage County and went on to finish fifth in the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship race that year. Read More Derby Spotlight - John Hamels 10.14.2016 In 1934 the very first All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship was held in Dayton, Ohio and John Hamels had the privilege of being a participant. Hamels lived in Buffalo, N.Y. where he heard that there was going to be a Soap Box Derby race in his hometown. This unique event piqued his interest so much that with the assistance of his older brother, Eddie, they built his very first Derby car. The Buffalo Courier Express sponsored the local event that would qualify racers to compete in the World Championship race. Read More Thank You Thursday - Bill Ginter 10.13.2016 “There has been a change in leadership of the All-American Soap Box Derby.” That was the opening sentence of a press release dated April 26, 2011 announcing William J. (Bill) Ginter’s election to serve as the International Soap Box Derby’s Chairman of the Board. At the time Ginter filled the remaining term of Bill Evans, who resigned as Chairman to devote more time to his businesses. Prior to Ginter’s election as Chairman he served as Vice Chairman of the Board since early 2010. Read More Thank You Thursday - Don Plusquellic 10.06.2016 It was December, 2009 when the International Soap Box Derby was near financial collapse when it did not have the resources to pay down a $600,000 loan. On February 8, 2010, spearheaded by then Mayor Don Plusquellic, Akron City Council approved a plan intended to assist the financially troubled Derby. Read More Thank You Thursday - FirstEnergy Corp. 09.29.2016 It was March 28, 2012 when Akron-based First Energy announced that they would become the title sponsor of the 75th All-American Soap Box Derby. It was the first title sponsor the International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) had for the World Championship race in five years. Nearly three years prior to FirstEnergy’s announcement the Derby was near financial collapse when it did not have the resources to pay down a $600,000 loan. Read More Derby Receives Memorabilia Donation From The Holmboe Family 09.23.2016 The daughter and son of 1947 All-American Soap Box Derby World Champion Kenneth Holmboe recently stopped by the Derby Headquarters office to donate two trophies, a champ jacket and some photos from their father’s collection. Read More Thank You Thursday To Begin September 29 09.22.2016 It has been nearly seven years since difficulties within the Soap Box Derby became known to the public. Despite more than seven decades of rich heritage and the well-intentioned efforts of hundreds of volunteers, the program was challenged by an economy in recession and a changing environment for youth activities. Since then, it has been a very busy seven years as we stabilized our financial position, realigned staff responsibilities and expenditures to focus on functions that grow the program or improve customer service. The overall governance of the organization has been enhanced. We evaluated how best to serve our customers, the organizers of races and the families whose children race. As a result, we have improved the quality and availability of car kits and components and simplified the rules governing participation. Improving and increasing Derby racing is an ongoing priority. Read More Derby Spotlight - John Horner 09.14.2016 John Horner knew at a young age that Soap Box Derby wasn’t just about racing. “The Derby provided me with a quest for an understanding and knowledge of how things operate and why,” said Horner.

Horner always knew he had an interest in math and science which made engineering a clear career choice for him. Being a part of the Derby, Horner was also able to spend quality time with his father building his Derby cars.
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