the Greater Chicago Soap Box Derby Association. Thank-you for visiting
our web site. We hope that you find the information we've provided
here to be useful, informative and interesting. We will be continually
expanding our web site to include updated information and new links. If
you have any suggestions for things you would like to see, we encourage
you to send us a note via our email
address. Thanks and good luck on the track!
2012/2013 race dates are
2013 Rookie race info is
Info on the Geneva Soap
Box Derb Race can be found here
Chicago Local Soap Box Derby Champs
Joshua Ostrander Stock Champ
Rachel Packard Super Stock Champ
Melanie Kohout Masters Champ
Region 5 Rally Champs
Evelyn Witte Stock
Mark Ostrander Super Stock
Tori Doubek Masters
Grace Iglehart Masters
GENERAL DERBY INFORMATION
The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program for boys
and girls ages 8 - 17. This is a unique program in that it encourages
close parent-child activities while building and racing the car. The construction
of the gravity race car reinforces the importance of setting and completing
goals while developing traits such as self-confidence, perseverence, and
craftsmanship. Parents can learn new abilities while teaching children
the proper use of tools. The youth is encouraged to do as much of the
work as their level permits.
What is the Soap Box Derby?
The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally
since 1934. World Championship finals are held late July or early August
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.
The first All-American race was held in Dayton in 1934. The following
year, the race was moved to Akron because of its central location and
hilly terrain. In 1936, Akron civic leaders recognized the need for a
premanent track site for the youth racing classic and, through the efforts
of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Derby Downs became a reality.
Every year since, with the exception of during World War ll, youngsters
from throughout the United States and several foreign countries have come
to Akron with the racers they have built and driven to victory in their
There will be three racing division in most local and rally races and
at the All-American competition.
The Stock division is designed to give the first-time
builder a learning experience. Boys and girls, 8 through 14 compete in
simplified cars built from kits purchased from the All-American Soap Box
Derby. These kits assist the derby novice by providing step-by-step layout
for construction of a basic lean forward style race car.
The Super Stock division is designed for boys
and girls ages 10 - 17 and gives the competitor an opportunity to expand
their knowledge and build a more advanced model. Both of these beginner
levels make use of kits and shells available form the All-American Soap
Box Derby. These entry levels of racing are popular in race communities
across the country, as youngsters are exposed to the derby program for
the first time.
The Masters/Scotty division offers boys and girls,
10 through 17, an advanced class of racer to try their creativity and
design skills in. Masters entrants will build a laydown race car that
they purchase from the All-American Soap Box Derby.
The goals of the Soap Box Deby have not changed since it began in 1934.
They are to teach youngsters some of the basic skills of workmanship,
the spirit of competition and the perseverance to continue a project once
it has begun.
Now that you have a general idea of what soap box derby
racing is all about it's time to take the next step. Click on the Chicago
Info Link at the bottom to find out what the Chicago soap box derby program
is all about. After that click on the Derby Cars link to get more familiar
with the different cars that are available. Send us an email
for more info.
If you are interested in scheduling a clinic, information
meeting or would like general information please call 630-841-8832
or send us an email
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