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Cincinnati Soap Box Derby

Celebrating over 50 years 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 2023 Race Season sponsor

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OfficeKey has pledged to remain the Race Season sponsor for the 2023 Cincinnati Soap Box Derby season. Their continued support of our local derby organization helps keep Tri-State 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 and cover race day expenses for the upcoming race season. The company provides the space, tools, and services to help businesses establish Cincinnati offices since 1984.


Perfection Group Foundation Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation named as 2023 Presenting Sponsor 

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Cincinnati Soap Box Derby welcomes our newest sponsor, Perfection Group Foundation Fund. They have pledged to be the Presenting Sponsor for the 2023 Cincinnati Soap Box Derby season. Their sponsorship will provide funds to offset race fees for Tri-State youth so they can participate in free events as well as helping keep our inventory of cars in working order for the race season. The Perfection Foundation Fund is part of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

2023 Race day and car sponsorships available

Promote your business this race season and provide area youth a fee-free sporting activity at the same time. Click here to see sponsorship opportunities. Please feel free to reach out and contact us if you have any questions regarding our organization.


2023 Race Schedule

May - Cincinnati Fun Run*

May 6, 2023

Free trial runs for youth interested in Soap Box Derby

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Location: Crossroads Oakley parking lot - Adjacent to Vandercar Way

3500 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45209


May - Golf Manor Grand Prix*

May 21, 2023

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




June 18, 2023 - Cincinnati Local Derby

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Location: Larch Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224


* Non All-American Rally races


2022 Local Champs

Congratulations to the 2022 Cincinnati Local Champs that will represent Cincinnati at the World Championship in Akron.

Stock Champ: Jack Poeder

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Super Stock Champ: Veronica Yeager

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1st Place - Jack Poeder

2nd Place - Brooklyn Moses

3rd Place - Kierstin Trent

4th Place - Jason Avitt

5th Place - Chase Moses

6th Place - Hudson Randolph

7th Place - Cadence Newberry

8th Place - Brady Newberry

Rookie of the Year - Jack Poeder



1st Place - Veronica Yeager

2nd Place - Austin Randolph

3rd Place - Theresa Yeager

4th Place - Jake Woolf

5th Place - Madison Rhoden

6th Place - Otto Heckman 

7th Place - Xavier Edwards

8th Place - Junior Newberry

Rookie of the Year - Xavier Edwards




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.

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