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NEXT CAPE FEAR SOAP BOX DERBY RACE:  May 18, 2024

 

OUR PURPOSE

To provide a positive sportsmanship experience for the children, parents and Kiwanis members with empahsis on the children. Raise funds for the Kiwanis Club of Cape Fear Foundaion to support youth of Greater Fayetteville, North Carolina.

HISTORY

It has been almost 50 years since a Soap Box Derby was held in Fayetteville, NC.  From its inception in 1933, the Soap Box Derby allowed only boys to compete in the racing. That changed in 1971 when Sandra Sosa (age 11) of Fayetteville, NC was barred from racing because of her sex.  After a legal battle to allow girls to compete, Sandra and two of her friends raced in Fayetteville's 1971 derby. Thereby becoming the first females to participate in a sanctioned Soap Box Derby. 

THE RACE

The Derby will be held annually beginning May 2024, and the local winners of the Stock, Super Stock and Masters divisions will have the opportunity to participate in the All-American Soap Box Derby held in Akron, Ohio.

 

- Kiwanis Club of Cape Fear, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

 

SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT: https://capefearsoapboxderby.com/

A message from the All-American Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

The idea of the Soap Box Derby grew out of a photographic assignment of Dayton, Ohio, newsman Myron Scott. He covered a race of boy-built cars in his home community and was so impressed with this event that he acquired a copyright for the idea and began development of a similar program on a national scale.


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