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Lancaster Soap Box Derby

The Lancaster Soap Box Derby is dedicated to teaching the youth of South East Ohio how to become a better, more imaginative, self confident team player, which will prepare them for the future. By working together with their family, friends, and peers in the building and competing of the Soap Box Derby Race Car, today’s youth will learn the power of teamwork, the pride of sportsmanship, and the lessons for life skills.


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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