What is Soap Box Derby?

    The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each 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.

    Each year since, with the exception of during World War II, youngsters from Anderson and the surrounding area have raced in Anderson with the goal of representing Anderson in the World Championships in Akron, OH.

    There will be three racing divisions in the races held in Anderson and at the World Championship  competition. The Stock division is designed to give the first-time builder a learning experience. Boys and girls, 8 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 10 through 17, 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 17, 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.

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    What is the different divisions?

Stock Division

The Stock division is for racers age 8-13 years old. Stock cars can accommodate a racer up to (Approximately) 5'3" tall and 125 pounds. The Stock car, a lean-forward design, is sold as a kit which includes everything needed for racing with the exception of Z-Glas racing wheels and weights. Because painting is not permitted on the Stock car shell, drivers have their choice of purchasing one of three colored shells: red, white or blue. Builders should allow 4-6 hours to assemble their Stock division car.

Super Stock Division

     The Super Stock division is designed for racers age 10-17 years old. Super Stock cars can accommodate a larger racer up to (Approximately) 6'0" tall and 150 pounds. The Super Stock, a lean-forward designed car, is also sold as a kit which includes everything needed for racing with the exception of Z-Glas racing wheels and weights. Builders should allow 4-6 hours to assemble their Super Stock division car.

Masters Division


The Masters division (also known as Scottie) is for racers age 10-17 years old and is driven by the more experienced drivers. Masters cars can accommodate a child up to (Approximately) 6'0" tall and 160 pounds. Because of the lay-down (enclosed) design of the Masters car, small drivers are also competitive in this division.

Have a fun building experience and good luck!

Information courtesy of the All-American Soap Box Derby

Anderson's World Champions

1935-Maurice Bales, Jr.
(Winning Car shown in museum display)

1957-Terry Townsend
(Shown in the World Champion's Winner Circle)

1959-Barney Townsend

(Shown in the World Champion Winner's Circle)

2000-Derek Etherington, Super Stock Division

(Shown at Top Side after winning the World Championship)

2000-Cody Butler, Masters Division

(Shown at Top Side after winning the World Championship)

2002-Cameron Vannatta, Stock Division
(Shown at World Championship Awards Show)

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