Hall of Fame Member

Ken Cline

Inducted in 2017

Ken Cline, 63, first raced in Midland, Texas, in 1965. After his family moved to Lincoln, Neb., he won the race there in 1967, and went on to win the 30thAll-American Soap Box Derby that year. His unique narrow body, needle-nose racecar also earned the best design honor. Cline later was director of the Lincoln race and, after moving to Chicago, helped organize the Greater Chicago Soap Box Derby in 1986, and later served as its director. He became a regional director for Midwest states in 1990. Cline was part of the team which developed and designed the Stock Car introduced in 1992, that is still in use today to provide a ready-to-assemble car kit. He is a railroad consultant following his retirement as Chicago terminal manager of Burlington Northern Railroad.