Challenge Races

They are the only three-lane, three-phase wheel swap races in the world and they take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12-13, at Derby Downs!

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2016 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 10-16 for the 79th 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 80 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 77 of its 79 years.

Race Sponsors

First Energy
Pilot Flying J
Myers Industries
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
GPD Group
Dairy Queen
Fallsway Equipment Company
Taylor Made Jewelry
Marous Brothers Construction
Precision Garage Door
Golden Corral
Spaghetti Warehouse
AKA Media
Time Warner Cable
Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems