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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 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.
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 permanent track site for the youth racing classic and, through the efforts of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Derby Downs became a reality.
Each year since, with the exception of during World War II, 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 home communities.
There will be three racing divisions in most locals and at the All-American competition. The Stock division is designed to give the first-time builder a learning experience. Boys and girls, 7 through 13 compete in simplified cars built from kits purchased from the All-American. These kits assist the Derby novice by providing a step-by-step layout for construction of a basic lean forward style car. The Super Stock Car division, ages 9 through 18, 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 from the All-American. 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 division offers boys and girls, 10 through 18, an advanced class of racer to try their creativity and design skills in. Masters entrants may purchase a Scottie Masters Kit with a fiberglass body from the All-American Soap Box Derby.
The goals of the Soap Box Derby program 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.
The Keystone Rally Association was formed in the winter of 1975 by small group of soap box derby racing ethusiasts. The objective of the Association is to promote and educate youth about the sport of soap box derby racing, provide a fair and safe environment for youngsters to participate and to promote family involvement in the sport.
Participants construct their soap box derby cars and then race them on different hills. Each hill offers a different challenge to the driver which helps them hone their driving skills. During the Fall season (August through October), drivers earn Keystone Points depending on their finishes in each of the races. The driver who earns the most points in his or her division is crowned the Keystone Champion for that division.
The Keystone Rally Association is open to all youngsters and their families. Members meet several times a year to decide the direction for the organization, discuss current issues and elect Officers that act on behalf of the organization.
For more information about Soap Box Derby racing and the Keystone Rally Association, checkout our Welcome to Soap Box Derby Racing page or stop by one of the races. One thing you'll quickly realize about us soap box derby folks, we love to talk derby.
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Race and earn points to qualify for the 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby in July 2016.
Below are Rally Race dates for the month of January. Race listings include city, race director and contact information, type of race, and additional info if necessary. But be sure to check the Rally Race Schedule for any changes or additions.
Notes: All races will host all three divisions - Stock, Super Stock, and Masters. "Dbl" means "double." "Sgl" means "single."
Silicon Valley, CA - Chris Harris, email@example.com, (408) 369-4311, 1 dbl and 1 sgl elimination each day
January 17 (Saturday Only)
Central FL (Sanford) - Eric Griffin, firstname.lastname@example.org, (407) 353-6228, 1 day, 1 dbl and 1 sgl elimination
Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, January 14
Chicago IL - Stan Iglehart, email@example.com, (630) 841-8832, 1 dbl and 1 sgl elimination each day
Indoor Rally: Charlestowne Mall, St. Charles, IL 60174
Pre-registration is required - registration closes Wednesday, January 14 at midnight. Register at www.chicagosoapboxderby.org
Reduced race fees for pre-registering and for all indoor races
Northeast OH (Conneaut) - Rick Wolfe, firstname.lastname@example.org, (440) 599-7739, 1 dbl and 1 sgl elimination each day
New Rally Race!
Indoor Rally: Ashtabula Mall (old Steve & Barry's), 3315 North Ridge Rd. East, Ashtabula, Ohio
Rochester NY - Mark Scuderi, email@example.com, (585) 261-8881, 1 dbl and 1 sgl elimination each day
Indoor Rally: 515 Lee Rd., Rochester, NY
January 31 (Saturday Only)
Rochester NY - Mark Scuderi, firstname.lastname@example.org, (585) 261-8881, 1 dbl and 1 sgl elimination
Indoor Rally: 515 Lee Rd., Rochester, NY
Other Rally Racing Information
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