FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

About Us


A nonprofit organization uses the building and racing soap box derby cars to bring families together and promote new friendships through the spirit of fair competition. Our local champions compete in the All American Soap Box Derby World Championships.


How big is it? BIG!


Each division will send a local champion to Akron, Ohio to face other local champions from all over the world in a week long event to crown a World Champion! Each champion will be competing against hundreds of other drivers from countries as far away as Japan, Germany, and New Zealand! This is Big! And it all starts with winning our local race


2015-2017 Board Members

    ​    ​President- Tim Dever

        Vice- President- Leon Hershberger

        Treasure- Lisa Lucci

        Secretary- Bridget Varnes

        Race Director- Robert Lucci


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.