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Port Jervis Soap Box Derby

The Port Jervis Soap Box Derby is the Largest Local Soap Box Derby... IN THE WORLD!

Be advised paperwork and sign-up dates have been posted. 

2020 PJ Soap Box Derby season is upon us! Come down and sign-up on:

  • Sun, March 8th 12pm – 3pm
  • Wed, March 11th 6pm – 8pm

Both at PJ Recreation Center on Pike Street

Download, print and fill out your paperwork here:

2020 Port Jervis Local Registration Paperwork


Congratulations to ALL of our 2019 drivers!!!!! We are so incredibly proud of all of you. Each and every driver did a GREAT job! The pits were filled with smiles and every one was a great sport throughout the day. We'd also like to give a big "Thank You" to everyone who came out to support our derby including the volunteers, sponsors, family, friends and the city workers!!!

June 9, 2019 – Port Jervis, NY- More than 100 children competed in the 20th annual Port Jervis Soap Box Derby earlier today. Today’s champs were Clayton Fogler in the Masters Division, Autumn Bennett in the Super Stock Division, Erin Brown in the Super Kids Division and Nicholas Bisland in the Stock Division. All will all go on to represent Port Jervis in the International Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio in late July.

This marked the 20th Anniversary of the largest local derby in the world which was resurrected by local business owners, Bill and Barbara Hockenberry in 2000. The derby has grown to become the largest local derby in the world and more than a thousand children have participated over the years. Another local business, Metal Works Industries, honored the derby by casting its logo in metal to commemorate the banner year.

“We are so grateful to this community, these families, these kids and especially these volunteers. We are proud to have this be our 20th year and look forward to many more,” said Derby Director, Billy McKerrell.

Three Scholarships were also awarded on derby day. The Elizabeth Ashley “Boo” Bisland Memorial Scholarship Fund financed three $1000 awards to past drivers who are graduating this year and are going on to post-secondary education. Scholarships were awarded to Isabella Johaneman, Victoria Witkowski and Julia Legato.

This year’s derby was sponsored by several local businesses and organizations including the City of Port Jervis, Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Tri-State Drywall & Acoustical, the Port Jervis Outdoor Club and the YMCA Camp of Greater New York.

You can view ALL of the 1600+ photos taken during the derby weekend here:
2019 PJSBD Photos
Please feel free to download, print and share.

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

  2019Stock Top 4Tn  2019Super Kids Top 4Tn  2019Masters Top 4Tn 2019Stock Top 4Tn

1 2019 Pjsbd Champs
The 2019 Champs: (L to R: Autumn Bennett, Clayton Fogler, Erin Brown, Nicholas Bisland)

All 2019 Drivers

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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