FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

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.

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

Congrats to all our 2022 Columbus Champions

  • 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

Read about some of our participants in the 2022 race.

Interested in Racing? RSVP Today to take a Test Drive down Derby Hill.

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 Autumn Racing Dates!!

  • September 10, 2022. 10am to 2pm. Test Drive Fun Day. Come to the track and experience the thrill of derby racing. Open to boys and girls age 7-19 with emphasis on ages 10-14. Experts on hand to answer all your questions. If you love it, we have loaner cars available to rally race two weeks later (see below). Just show up or e-mail to RSVP and reserve a spot in line. All drivers must have their parent/guardian sign this waiver beforehand or at the track.

  • Sept 24th and 25th, 2022. Autumn Rally. All Day: Kick off the 2022/2023 racing season. Two races each day in Stock, Superstock, and Masters. $80 for all 4 races, $50 for 2 races, $30 for 1 race. Download registration form or register online here. Pay via Paypal to or send USPS to...

    • Columbus Soap Box Derby
    • c/o Steve Conkel
    • 6448 Meadown Glen Drive North
    • Westerville, Ohio 43082
  • Watch here or Facebook for our Spring 2023 schedule.

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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