FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

About Us

Soap Box Derby is a family activity that's fun and educational for everyone involved. Close relationships between parents and kids are developed and new friends are made too. Racing inevitably creates the desire to improve and achieve, and also builds character and good sportsmanship.

Greater Lafayette Soap Box Derby races three divisions:  Stock, Super Stock, and Masters. 

Stock:  Participants in the Stock Division must be seven (7) years of age by the date of the first Local and/or Rally race in which they participate. They must not turn fourteen (14) years of age on or before July 31. Proof of age is required.

Super Stock:  Participants in the Super Stock Division must be nine (9) years of age by July 31 in the race year that they participate. They must not turn nineteen (19) years of age on or before July 31. Proof of age is required.

Masters:  Participants in the Masters Division must be ten (10) years of age by July 31 in the race year that they participate. They must not turn twenty-one (21) years of age on or before July 31. Proof of age is required.

The winners of these three divisions earn the honor of competing at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio in July. 

Organizers of the GLSBD are all volunteers and we are always looking for additional help!

 Contact Numbers:

Ted Murphy (765) 714-5216

Russ Mills (765) 413-8518

 

INTERNATIONAL SOAP BOX DERBY

Mission Statement

The Soap Box Derby® is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.