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Columbus Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth STEM-based racing program open to boys and girls ages 7-19. Kids compete driving gravity powered racing cars built from kits purchased new from the All-American Soap Box Derby or used from another racing family.

Interested in Racing?

We'll help you get started.  Boys and girls ages 7-19 are eligible to compete in one of three divisions.  Borrow a car from our club to help you get started.  Or purchase a used or new car yourself.  We have mentors to guide you.  Just contact .  Click here for a short video. 

Announcing our 2022 Racing Dates!!

  • April 9th and 10th, 2022. Noon to 4pm. Test Drive Fun Days. Come to the track, sign a waiver, and experience the thrill of derby racing. Experts on hand to answer all your questions.

  • April 23rd and 24th, 2022. Spring Rally. The best cars and drivers in the Midwest converge in Columbus to compete for rally points to qualify for the All American race in Akron. Two races each day in Stock, Superstock, and Masters.

  • May 14, 2022. Columbus Area Championships. The winners in Stock, Superstock, and Masters represent Columbus in the All American race in Akron. Rain date is May 15.

  • Sept 24th and 25th, 2022. Autumn Rally. All Day: Autumn Rally Races. Kick off the 2022/2023 racing season. Two races each day in Stock, Superstock, and Masters. Dates not yet confirmed.

 Congrats 2021 Columbus Champions

  • Stock - Eleni Fischer - 3rd place in AAA Local Challenge and 5th place in the All-American Local Championships

  • Superstock- Nathan Evans

  • Masters - Kylie Kirk

Want to Get Your Business Involved?

Grant your employees with kids an incredible benefit by sponsoring their racing pursuit!  Or just sponsor any deserving family.  Contact to discuss or click here for a short video.


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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