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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? Contact columbus@soapboxderby.org and click HERE for a short video.

Announcing our 2023 Racing Dates!!

  • Sun Apr 2, 2023 - Test Drive Fun Day, 10am-2pm. Open to boys and girls ages 7-18. E-mail columbus@soapboxderby.org to reserve a test drive spot. Experts on hand to answer your questions.  We have loaner cars available especially ages 10-14.  All drivers must have a parent/guardian sign this waiver beforehand or at the track.

  • Sat Apr 8, 2023 - Test Drive Fun Day, 10am-2pm. Open to boys and girls ages 7-18. E-mail columbus@soapboxderby.org to reserve a test drive spot. Experts on hand to answer your questions. We have loaner cars available especially ages 10-14. All drivers must have a parent/guardian sign this waiver beforehand or at the track.

  • Apr 22nd and 23rd, 2023. Spring Rally. All Day: Two races each day in Stock, Superstock, and Masters. Each division is limited to the first 16 paid registations received. Waiting list thereafter. No walk-ins. Families reqd to work 1 2-hour run out shift. $80 for all 4 races, $50 for 2 races, $30 for 1 race. Download registration form or register online here. Pay via Paypal to columbus@soapboxderby.org or send USPS to the address below.

  • May 6, 2023. Columbus Area Championships. Stock, Superstock, Maters. Winners represent Columbus in the All-American championships in Akron. Rain date is May 7, 2023. Download registration form or register online here. Pay via Paypal to columbus@soapboxderby.org or send USPS to the address below.

We Need Race Day Volunteers - Apr 22, 23, May 6 2023. Sign up here using POINT.

Mail payments to...

  • Columbus Soap Box Derby
  • c/o Steve Conkel
  • 6448 Meadow Glen Drive North
  • Westerville, Ohio 43082

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 columbus@soapboxderby.org to discuss or click here for a short video.

Congrats to Columbus Champ Eleni Fischer - 2022 World Champion Local Super Stock Division

 Congrats to all our 2022 Columbus Champions and  Read about our 2022 race.

  • Columbus Local Stock Champion - Henning Lett
  • Columbus Local Super Stock Champion - Eleni Fischer
  • Columbus Local Masters Champion - Ava Gaytan
  • Columbus Rally Stock Champion - Owen Hartzler
  • Columbus Rally Stock Champion - Delaney Nichols 

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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