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The New Hampshire Soap Box Derby provides opportunities for girls and boys ages 7 years old & up to assemble, then take the steering wheel of their gravity powered car down a 500 ft or more track in side by side competition. Our mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.  Participating in soap box derby provides students the opportunity to sharpen their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. Mechanical skills along with an appreciation of physics and mathematics define a winning racer.  The NHSBD hosts an Annual Local Championship Race and Rally races.  Qualified racers have the opportunity to race in July at the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship in Akron, Ohio. 

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Stock Car Restoration Project

   We have acquired a storage unit of Stock division cars that need some TLC and drivers!

   Here is our All-In-One Guide for how to get on the track with a refurbished car.

Read about how Soap Box Derby started in New Hampshire at Gossler Park in Manchester  

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Marty Sullivan: Volunteer, Mentor and Friend

We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Marty Sullivan, 73, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at his home in Dover. Marty was a passionate Soap Box Derby volunteer for more than 40 years on the local, regional and national levels. He has served as Region 10 Regional Director since 1989 and has been Chairman of the regional directors since 2013. Marty was inducted into the All-American Soap Box Derby's Hall of Fame in 2013. Additional information on Marty's involvement with the Derby can be found here.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the New Hampshire Soap Box Derby, 65 Maple Street, Dover, NH 03820.

The full obituary can be found here.

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Calendar Icon  NHSBD Monthly Meeting:  Meetings are usually held the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM in Dover, NH.  Everyone is welcome.  Email us to confirm the next meeting.

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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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