Soap Box Derby
All you'll need to know to build and race your own car
In the August 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated Kids magazine, we followed 15-year-old Tyler Gallagher as he aimed to capture the crown in the tough Masters division at the All-American Soap Box Derby on July 22. In this famous event, local champions from the Stock, Super Stock, and Masters division Soap Box Derby races throughout the world come to Akron, Ohio, to compete for scholarships and prizes. Here's an inside look at how you can participate in one of the coolest kids' sports events in the U.S., Soap Box Derby racing!
First: You'll need to see if there are races in your area. The links on this page show you how to check for the locations in your state as well as tell you how to order your racing kit and parts.
Second: Contact your local Derby director for information on racing in your area and to find information on construction clinics and other programs that may be of assistance to you.
Third: Decide which type of car you wish to build. Your local derby director will be able to help you with this information. You also may want to look for a sponsor to help with the cost of your racer. You will normally need to purchase a car kit and a set of Z-Glas racing wheels. All kits and parts for Soap Box Derby racing must be purchased through the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Fourth: Read the official plans and build your car exactly as the instructions indicate. Plan to attend construction clinics if they are available in your area. These clinics are intended to help you understand the regulations and guide you in building a safe and competitive car.
Finally: In addition to racing in your local race, you may participate in rally races as well. You will gain experience and make new friends along the way.
Have a fun building experience and good luck!
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