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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 and click HERE for a short video.

Announcing our 2024 Racing Dates!!

  • May 1 and 2, 2024 - Test Drive and STEM Fun Day, 3-7pm. Open to boys and girls ages 7-18. E-mail to reserve a test drive spot. Experts on hand to answer your questions about the STEM required to make a gravity powered race car go fast. We have loaner cars available to help you get started racing.  Test drives are in collaboration with COSI Science Festival. All drivers must have a parent/guardian sign this waiver beforehand or at the track.

  • Apr 20th and 21st, 2024. 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, otherwise $25/race. Download registration form or register online here. Pay via Paypal to or send USPS to the address below.

  • June 1, 2024. Columbus Area Championships. Stock, Superstock, Masters. Winners represent Columbus in the All-American championships in Akron. Rain date is June 2, 2024. Download registration form or register online here. Pay $40 via Paypal to or send USPS to the address below.

We Need Race Day Volunteers - 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 to discuss or click here for a short video.

Congrats to our 2023 Columbus Champions

  • Columbus Local Stock Champion - Delaney Nichols
  • Columbus Local Super Stock Champion - Henning Lett
  • Columbus Local Masters Champion - Jack Zimmerman
  • Columbus Rally Stock Champion - Alexa Fischer
  • Columbus Rally Superstock Champion - Eleni Fischer
  • Columbus Rally Superstock Champion - Kylee Kirk 

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


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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