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Northwest Indiana Soap Box Derby

Just a reminder - our meeting that is open to the public will be in March 19, 2024 at American Legion Post 94.


The NWI Soap Box Derby organization is based in Valparaiso, Indiana, and is sponsored by American Legion Post 94. NWI Soap Box Derby is a 5013c non-profit organization.

Three race categories are offered for youths ages 7 through 20 --  stock, super stock and masters. 

In addition, the super kids race category is available for special needs youths ages 7-18. 

It is held on Lincolnway in Valparaiso, IN. 

Our 2024 race day will be Saturday, June 22, 2024. 

Check out the What's New tab to see about upcoming important dates!

Racer packet can be found in forms under getting started. 

Following our open meeting all information will be posted here and on our facebook.

Please don't hesitate to contact our secretary,  Mallory Cook at if you have any questions! 


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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