FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

St. Louis Soap Box Derby


Macklind Avenue - On the Hill 
Race Day: Sunday, June 11, 2023
Inspection Day: Saturday, June 10, 2023
Go to St. Louis Soap Box Derby website to get local race information.
The All-American Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program for boys and girls ages 7-18 to compete in the Stock or Super Stock divisions. The Soap Box Derby has run nationally since 1934 and has been part of St. Louis tradition since 1950's where they raced down Highway 40! Today, we race down Macklind Ave. on The Hill, between Botanical and Sahw and have been for over 15 years. 
Hwy 40 1951 Race Crop
Winners of each division of the St. Louis regional race are eligible to move on to the World Championship finals, which is held each August at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Here, hundreds of kids will compete for 1 week to crown the All-American Soap Box Derby World Champion.
The Regional All-American is capped at 50 racers each year. To be eligible for the regional race, racers must have an official AASBD Soap Box car and wheels, or purchase a kit and wheels from the All-American Soap Box Derby(below). Additionally, there is a $100 registration fee for the St. Louis regional race. Racers in the St. Louis  compete for great prizes and eligibility in the national competition. All racers will receive a derby t-shirt, and a participation medal
The All-American Derby youth program is administered by International Soap Box Derby, Inc., An Akron-based non-profit corporation that seeks to inspire good sportsmanship and work to ensure races are safe, fun, and fair.


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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