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About Us

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Central Florida Soap Box Derby

Track Location: Mike Kirby Park
Contacts: Eric Griffin (407)353-6228

Mailing Address: 
PO Box 1788

What is the Soap Box Derby?

Soap Box Derby is a youth gravity racing program for boys and girls ages 7 to 20.  It is a unique program that encourages close adult-youth activities while building and racing the car.

The dream begins when the idea of building and racing a Soap Box Derby car becomes a reality.  The construction of the gravity race car reinforces the importance of setting and completing goals while developing traits such as self-confidence, perseverance and craftsmanship.

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The youth is encouraged to do as much of the work as his/her skill level permits.   Building and racing a derby race car is a lot of fun and a rewarding experience for both youth and advisor.  The time spent together helps build a strong bond and becomes an enjoyable shared experience.

Regardless of the outcome of a race, each youngster is a winner as they have shared a memorable experience with their advisor.  It is a project that both will cherish the memories the rest of their lives.

What happens at a Local Race?

The City of Sanford Recreation Services Department sponsors a local race held in May each year according to the rules and regulations of the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby Association. Local rules are to promote safety and enhance the conduct and quality of the race.

A car inspection to assure that each entrant is building his/her car according to AASBD standards for the current race year is required. The winner of each division is qualified to represent Sanford, Fl in the World Champion Race held in Akron, Ohio each July.

For more information contact Eric Griffin, Race Director, at 407.688.5120 .


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.