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News from the Port Jervis Soap Box Derby

April 28, 2021
Dear PJ Soap Box Family,

Checking in with a quick soap box derby update....

As things continue to evolve and change amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we are exploring every possible option to be able to hold a derby in 2021.

For now, our race date is postponed. We will not be holding a derby in June as we normally do. That said, we hope to reschedule in the fall, if possible.

We certainly can't wait to get back to racing and will be sure to keep you posted as things continue to progress.

Much love,
Your PJSBD Committee & Volunteers

Dear Derby Family-

It goes without saying that we'd all rather be racing derby on June 14th, but sadly we can't this year. That said, we'd still like to invite our derby family - current drivers, past drivers, derby families and the greater community - to rally together in a virtual 5K - to support our scholarship fund and honor a great man. REGISTER HERE

This event is especially important because it will be held in loving memory of Bill Hockenberry, a beloved member of our derby family who resurrected the derby in Port Jervis over 20 years ago.

It was Bill that sparked the idea of bringing back soap box derby racing to Port Jervis in 1999, history was made....AGAIN! Since then, thousands have raced in our derby and because of his vision, Port Jervis remains THE LARGEST LOCAL DERBY IN THE WORLD - bringing together thousands of race fans on derby day as we create lasting memories for the kids of our community.

Each year, our derby awards scholarships to former racers who have proven themselves committed to their communities through the Elizabeth Ashley "Boo" Bisland Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year, we will announce our scholarship recipients on what was supposed to be our 21st annual derby....Sunday, June 14th.

Race, Walk, Run, Stroll....wherever and however you'd like to participate. Wear your derby shirts from past years and post photos on social media! We want to see your smiling faces as we raise funds to continue to support our drivers and honor one of Port Jervis' greats, Bill Hockenberry.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and we'll "see" you next Sunday!

In loving memory of Bill Hockenberry

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(pictured here with his wife, Barb)

May 17, 2020 – It is with heavy hearts that we must notify the community and our 2020 drivers that this year's Port Jervis Soap Box Derby is cancelled. Although we are saddened that we won't have a derby this year, we believe it is what's best for our drivers, families and fans.

We are happy to say that we will still be awarding scholarships this year and look forward to celebrating with this year's recipients. Applications will be sent out shortly to graduating seniors who are eligible to apply.

To our drivers who signed up for this year's derby and already paid their registration fee, stay tuned. We will be following up with you directly very soon.

We look forward to a time when we will be together and race again. In the meantime, be well, stay safe and take care of each other.

Much love,
Your PJSBD Committee & Volunteers

2019 Winners


Super Stock

Super Kids



2019 Champion

Autumn Bennett

Erin Brown

Clayton Fogler

Nicholas Bisland

2nd Place

Emma Simmons

Lucy McDermott

Brenna Knibbs

Mason McKerrell

3rd Place

Logan Curtis

Rylin Marshall

Josef Haas

Olivia Hedges

4th Place

Jaelyn Csencsits

Tyler Timoldi

Nathaniel Herbert

Isabella Giglio

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The 2019 Champs: (L to R: Autumn Bennett, Clayton Fogler, Erin Brown, Nicholas Bisland)

All 2019 Drivers


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