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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 25, 2022 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.



2022 Important Dates

Builders Day

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2022  Noon-4:30


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


Trial Run

June 5, 2022

Official Inspection

Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Registration Fee ($60) is due at Inspection.

Cars will be impounded after inspection is completed.

Race Day

Saturday, June 25, 2022
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 ~ June 26, 2022)


June 28, 2022


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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