2016 Soap Box Derby Champions

2016 FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Champions
L-R: Rally Stock Champion Karlye Murphy, Hilton, N.Y.; Rally Super Stock Champion Peyton Van Gruensven, Menasha Wis.; Rally Masters Champion Peyton Strand, New Milford Conn.; Ultimate Speed Champion Kristi Murphy, Concord Township Ohio; National Super Kids Classic Champion Shawna Hutcheson, Lyons, Ga.; Local Stock Champion Joseph Kratochvil, Piedmont Area, Va.; Local Super Stock Champion Mallory Bruen, Northern Maine; Not pictured - Local Masters Champion Kathryn Lindsey, Winter Park, Fla. 

  


2017 FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby

The greatest gravity racers in the world will come together at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio, July 16-22 for the 80th running of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby. Champs from around the world will reach speeds in excess of 30 m.p.h. as they race down the 989' track in hopes of earning the title of World Champion!  

Soap Box Derby Gets Permanent Home In 1936; Depression-Era Work Program Builds Derby Downs

The idea for the Soap Box Derby had originated in Dayton, Ohio, when newsman Myron Scott covered a race of boy-built cars in his community in 1933. He copyrighted the idea and found national funding from Chevrolet Motor Company, which agreed to sponsor the first All-American Soap Box Derby in Dayton in 1934. Thirty-four cities sent local winners for that first championship race.It was 81 years ago this summer that workers from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) transformed what was initially designed to be a City of Akron-operated park and ski run into Derby Downs, home of the world-famous Soap Box Derby for 78 of its 80 years.


Race Sponsors

First Energy
City of Akron
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems
University of Akron College of Engineering
Pilot Flying J
Accenture
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
GPD Group
Fallsway Equipment Company
Dairy Queen
Summit County
AAA
Huntington Bank
Taylor Made Jewelry
Swensons
ComDoc
Hitchcock Fleming & Associates
AKA Media
Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau
Spaghetti Warehouse
NORKA
Marous Brothers Construction
Precision Garage Door
United Way
Montrose Auto Group