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Cincinnati Soap Box Derby

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary of Gravity Racing in Cincinnati!

The Cincinnati Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program open to any child at least 7 year of age and 17. Children compete by driving their racers in one of two levels of gravity powered racing cars built from kits purchased from the All-American Soap Box Derby. Don't have a Derby car, no need to worry, we have plenty to borrow.

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OfficeKey named as 2021 Race Season sponsor

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OfficeKey has stepped forward as the primary sponsor of the 2021 Cincinnati Soap Box Derby season. In addition to keeping local kids engaged and thriving in a longtime youth sport, this donation will help create family engagement across generations.

OfficeKey’s sponsorship helps the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby maintain derby cars for the upcoming race season as well as offset race fees for the All-American local race. The company provides the space, tools, and services to help businesses establish Cincinnati offices since 1984.


2021 Race Schedule

May - Cincinnati Fun Run*

May 1, 2021

Free trial runs for youth interested in Soap Box Derby

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Location: Florence Y'alls parking lot - 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042 


May - Golf Manor Grand Prix*

May 16, 2021

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Location: Losantiville Ave. & Bremont Ave. - Cincinnati, OH 45237



June 6, 2021 - Cincinnati Local Derby

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Location: Observatory Ave, Ault Park

* Non All-American Rally races

2019 Local Champs

Congratulations to the 2019 Cincinnati Local Champs that represented Cincinnati at the World Championship in Akron.

Stock Champ: Wyatt Fehrman

2019 Wyatt

Super Stock Champ: Everett Kokotajlo

2019 Everett



1st - Wyatt Fehrman
2nd - Veronica Yeager
3rd - Gaven Dagenhardt
4th - Gwenevere McConnaughey
5th - Malia Willams
6th - Seth Dagenhardt
7th - Samara Wilkey
8th - Jacob Trent

1st - Everett Kokotajlo
2nd - Kadyn Merillat
3rd - Matty Newberry
4th - Xavier Camden
5th - Cole Reed
6th - Aaron Howard
7th - Sam Watts
8th - Jordan Goins


Don't have kids, but want to be part of the fun?  

We have several volunteer positions available, register here.

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.

National Partners

First Energy
City of Akron
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems
UA College of Engineering
Pilot Flying J
GPD Group
Summit County
Huntington Bank
Taylor Made Jewelry
AKA Media
Akron Summit CVB
Spaghetti Warehouse
United Way of Summit County
Western Reserve Hospital
Montrose Auto Group
Brennan Manna Diamond
Western Reserve Senior
J.W. Didado
Greater Akron Chamber
Legacy Motors of Akron
The Okonite Company
Sams Club
SC Fastenings
State and Federal Communications
Thompson Electric