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About Us

How It Started

Piedmont Area Soap Box 

Derby Foundation, Inc. 

Committee Members 

  • Paul Bates
  • Sean Brown
  • H B Chapman, IV
  • Heather Durica
  • Troy Frazier
  • Frankie Gilmore
  • Karen Johnson
  • Suzi Kelliher
  • Thom Pellikaan
  • Jeff Say
  • Aaron Rohrbaugh
  • Jody Rohrbaugh
  • Sheila Rutherford
  • Bobby Rutherford
  • Tony Troilo

Junior Committee Members

  • Will Carlton
  • Aidan Durica
  • Alana Durica
  • Jacob Frazier
  • Brayden Johnson
  • Johnathan Johnson
  • Joey Kratochvil
  • Luke Morris
  • Sophie Morris
  • Eddie Rutherford
  • Griffin Smythers
  • Aden Stewart


We need volunteers 
at every Soap Box Derby 
activity! We need help 
with early morning set up, 
moving cars, keeping heat
sheets, arranging 
cars in the pit area, calling 
drivers, concessions,
clean up, etc. The list goes 
on and on... Please call 
Frankie (540-272-1848) 
or Sheila (540-229-4714).

We appreciate your help 
and support!

In the summer of 2002, Tony Troilo and his sister, Frankie, were trying to decide what to do for Rosson & Troilo's 75th Anniversary; a family owned & operated business. Tony wanted to do something for the community; something that would give back for all the patronage the community had shown the family for the past 75 years. Instead of a big anniversary sale, the Soap Box Derby came to mind. He decided that a community event involving families would be the climax of their Anniversary Celebration. After many meetings with regional and area directors, the Soap Box Derby of Culpeper was planned for the last Saturday in June of 2003. Thirty five drivers participated in a double elimination race that took the town by storm! With the help of other area businesses, the Town of Culpeper, and many volunteers, the race was a huge success.

That year, the Culpeper Soap Box Derby was awarded "Outstanding New Race City" in Akron, OH at the All-American World Championship Race in 2003. 

In 2004, our Local Race Director won "Outstanding Director" at the All-American World Championship Race.

In 2005, the Culpeper Soap Box Derby Committee piloted a Junior Committee of the SBD.These members are between the ages of 13 and 21, and take on the same responsibilities and goals as the main SBD Committee. The Junior Committee is a Mentorship similar to Big Brother/Big Sister program. These young adults help bridge the gap between our younger drivers and the rest of the Derby community. Our Junior Committee helps run our Driver's Clinics, and takes a responsible role in all derby activities. They learn Leadership and how to handle themselves in a respectable manner that we all are proud of, while our younger drivers learn from them. Our program is a big success and has become a major part of our Derby Program.

In 2006, the Soap Box Derby of Culpeper was ranked 4th Largest Derby in the World.

A year later, the Soap Box Derby of Culpeper increased participation to 119 drivers, and was ranked "2nd Largest Derby in the World."

In 2007, our very own Paul Bates, Chairman of SBD Inspection/Clinic Committee, was asked to join the elite group of officials at the 2007 All-American World Championship Race in Akron; better known as the "A-Team." Once in Akron, Paul helped inspect, weigh cars, help with construction adjustments, and then helped officiate and run the World Championship Race.

Every year since 2003, the champions of each division, and their families, are awarded travel expenses for the race week in Akron, Ohio for the All-American World Championship Race compliments of Rosson & Troilo Motor Co., Inc.

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Mission Statement

The Soap Box Derby® is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.