FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

About Us

The All-American Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. The regional St. Louis race has been held each June on The Hill for over 15 years, and is hosted by the St. Louis Jaycees.  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 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. 

The Regional All-American Soap Box Derby is open to all kids between 7 and 20 years of age, but 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 race will receive a derby t-shirt, a participation trophy, and will compete for great prizes and eligibility in the national competition. 


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.