All-American Soap Box Derby


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All-American Soap Box Derby

First Saturday in August
The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program that has been run nationally since 1934. The idea came from an Ohio journalist named Myron Scott, who was assigned to cover a race of gravity-propelled cars built by young boys in his hometown of Dayton and was so impressed by the event that he began to develop a similar program on a nationwide scale. In 1935 the race was moved to Akron because of its hilly terrain, and the following year a permanent track was constructed through the efforts of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
The World Championship finals held at Derby Downs in Akron consist of three racing divisions: the Stock Division for girls and boys ages 9-16 competing in simplified cars built from kits; the Kit Car Division for youngsters competing in more advanced models, although still using standardized kits and shells; and the Masters Division for girls and boys ages 11-16 who want to test their creativity and design skills. They can build a car from scratch or purchase and assemble a Masters Kit and shell.
Competitors arrive on the Monday before the race and spend the week working on their cars, participating in trial runs, and relaxing before the big race on Saturday. The home-built cars used in the derby today bear little resemblance to derby cars in the 1930s, many of which were actually built out of soap boxes.
CONTACTS:
All-American Soap Box Derby
1000 George Washington Blvd.
P.O. Box 7225
Akron, OH 44312
330-733-8723; fax: 330-733-1370
www.aasbd.com
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 147
GdUSFest-1984, p. 137
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Again this year, we will have a record number of participants and we are preparing for an exciting Race Week," said Roy Hartz, chairman of the All-American Soap Box Derby organization.
There also will be a three-day All-American Soap Box Derby Festival on the grounds adjacent to Derby Downs on Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27.
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NASCAR, along with potential partners in the program, will gain from the outstanding reach to families and children that the All-American Soap Box Derby provides as the most established youth and family racing organization in the United States.
Scott, a newspaper photographer who created the Chevrolet-sponsored All-American Soap Box Derby and later named its equally All-American sports car -- the Corvette -- died at his home on Sunday, September 4 in Kettering (outside Dayton) Ohio.
More than 390 boys and girls from throughout the United States and from the Philippines, Germany and Japan are arriving in Akron today to compete in the 64th All-American Soap Box Derby on Saturday, July 28, at Derby Downs here.
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Volunteers and staff members are making final preparations for Monday's arrival of 360 boys and girls from throughout the United States and from the Philippines and Germany who will be competing in the 63rd All-American Soap Box Derby next Saturday, July 22, at Derby Downs here.

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