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About Us

The All-American Soap Box Derby, “the greatest amateur racing event in the world”, is a youth gravity racing program for boys and girls ages 7 through 20 years old. The goals of the Soap Box Derby program have not changed since its beginning in 1934: to promote families working together, to teach children basic skills of workmanship along with the spirit of competition and the perseverance to continue a project to completion. Across the United States and around the world, family time is spent together building Soap Box Derby cars. Lifelong bonds are developed as the “derby experience” is shared. The Soap Box Derby is a program that will provide cherished memories for a lifetime.

About Rally Race -- *We are not having a Spring 2019 Rally Race. Please check back for the Fall 2019 Rally Race information.

A Rally is a one or two day “mini” derby race. Driver registration is open to anyone that shows up with their car, from any town or state. All cars must race by the rules and guidelines set forth by the All-American Soap Box Derby. All cars are weighed to insure each car is not over its legal maximum weight per division. The winners of the rallies are given trophies along with AASBD “points” that are accumulated throughout the racing season. The driver with the most rally points in our region (ours is Region 8 which includes MD, VA, NC & DC) will go to Akron during the All-American World Championship Race and race as a Rally Champ representing Region 8.

• Rallies give our drivers another opportunity to race during the season.

• Rallies help drivers practice their driving skills.

• Rallies give drivers a chance to race against other drivers from other race cities.

• Rallies help drivers meet and network with other drivers to learn more about their sport.

• Rallies help you gather points to get to Akron.


Mission Statement

The Soap Box Derby® is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

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. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.