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Cape Girardeau Soap Box Derby

 

 

Known as the greatest amateur racing event, Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program that began in 1934. Girls and boys ages 7-18 race gravity powered cars, reaching speeds up to 30 miles an hour.  

The annual race in Cape Girardeau, sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club, is typically held on the first Saturday in May. Drivers race down a portion of North Sprigg Street between Bertling Street and Lexington Avenue.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

First clinic

March 27, 2021   

A.C. Brase Arena Building, Arena Park, Cape Girardeau, MO

Second clinic

April 17, 2021

4-H Exhibition Hall, immediately south of the Arena Bldg., Arena Park, Cape Girardeau, MO

NOTE: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED AFTER 8 A.M. ON SATURDAY, APRIL 17th, 2021

Final check-in

April 30, 2021

Blanchard Elementary School, 1829 N. Sprigg Street, Cape Girardeau, MO

RACE DAY

May 1, 2021

Blanchard Elementary School, 1829 N. Sprigg Street, Cape Girardeau, MO

Rain Date

May 2, 2021

Blanchard Elementary School, 1829 N. Sprigg Street, Cape Girardeau, MO

 

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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