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North Central Ohio Soap Box Derby

The North Central Ohio Soap Box Derby is open to youths between the ages of 7-17 (depending on division) who live in the following Ohio counties: Richland, Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion and Morrow.

The champion of each division will represent the North Central Ohio Soap Box Derby at the world championship FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. The goals of the soap box box derby program are to promote families working together, to teach youngsters some of the basic skills of workmanship along with the spirit of competition and the perseverance to continue a project to completion.The annual gravity race will take place on June 23, 2018 on North Main Street in downtown Mansfield.
In addition to competing in the race, each participant will receive an official race t-shirt, trophy and prize.

*Rain date scheduled for Sunday, June 24, 2018


2018 Important Dates

Builders Day

Sunday, May 20, 2018 Noon-5:00 pm           Lunch is provided
Fort's Industrial Engines
118 Park Avenue East
Mansfield, Ohio

Please note:  Registration Forms (Blue) are due by Builder's Day.  Registration Fee can be paid at inspection.


Trial Run

Sunday, June 10, 2018  1:30-4:30 pm
1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church parking lot
399 S. Trimble Road, Mansfield, Ohio

Official Inspection

Tuesday, June 19, 2018  6:00-9:00 pm (Must be signed in by 8:00 pm)


Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:00-9:00 pm (Must be signed in by 8:00 pm)

Registration Fee ($60) is due at Inspection.

Cars will be impounded after inspection is completed.

Race Day

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Street will be closed at 6:00 am for track set-up
Cars will be released from impoundment AFTER the track is set up
Mandatory drivers meeting at 8:30 am
Trial runs to begin about 9:00 am
Race is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am
(Raindate ~ Sunday, June 24, 2018)


Thursday, June 28, 2018 6:30 pm
Mansfield Liederkranz
1212 Silver Lane
Mansfield, Ohio


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.

Local Partners

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National Partners

First Energy
City of Akron
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems
UA College of Engineering
Pilot Flying J
GPD Group
Summit County
Huntington Bank
Taylor Made Jewelry
AKA Media
Akron Summit CVB
Spaghetti Warehouse
United Way of Summit County
Montrose Auto Group
Western Reserve Hospital
Brennan Manna Diamond
J.W. Didado
Western Reserve Senior
Greater Akron Chamber
Legacy Motors of Akron
The Okonite Company
Sams Club
SC Fastenings
State and Federal Communications
Thompson Electric