FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

Kansas City Soap Box Derby Schedule


Open Track Times 

  • Tuesday and Thursday the week of the race 6 p.m. to dusk. 


Come catch the "Thrill of the Hill.' We will have soap box derby cars available for any boy or girl age 7 to 21 to try out. New drivers never start out from the top of the hill. We take them part way down the hill and let them coast to the bottom.  If we feel they can handle it, we gradually let them start out higher and higher on the hill until they are ready to start from the top. Drivers who can drive successfully from the top of the hill will be issued an Official KCSBD Driver's License.



October 14 & 15 (Saturday & Sunday) - All-American Fall Rally - Annual Pumpkin Roll


All-American races are open to drivers ages 7-18. We will hold one double elimination and one single elimination race on Saturday in addition to one double elimination and one single elimination race on Sunday, weather permitting.


Race fee options:


  • $35 per race
  • $100 per 4 race weekend



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.