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A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Welcome to the Greater Chicago Soap Box Derby Association!

Our Upcoming race dates:

April 30, May 1

June 4

Sept. 10 & 11

Oct. 8 & 9

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 The History of Soap Box Derby Racing







Our 3 indoor races were FANTASTIC!! Thank you to all who attended!

Our next race is outdoors in Naperville, April 30 & May 1.

Let us know if you're coming!

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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