The FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby
World Championships

Champ Parent Info


The Soap Box Derby® staff and volunteers would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship in Akron, Ohio.

We hope that your experience during this event is truly both a rewarding and memorable one. Please remember that Soap Box Derby staff and volunteers are available to assist at any time before and during the event.

The Pre-Race Week Checklist is your guide to suggestions for first time (as well as returning) Champions to assist with preparation and activities during Race Week. The Race Week Handbook offers event schedules, guides and tips for your time in Akron. 

Below please find highlights that have been taken from the guides:

Car Delivery Schedule
The 2021 car delivery schedule for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby will be as follows. The times listed below are when cars can be dropped off.
Cars shipped in by crate: Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 9 - 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Car drop off by person: Saturday, July 10 - Saturday, July 17 – 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Please note that all cars must arrive to the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio with only four (4) screws attaching the body to the floorboard. Remaining body mounting screws are to be in a baggie taped to the car’s floorboard.

Box Seats
Box seats are located on the East and West sides of the track in front of the Grandstands. There are 18 Box seats available. 8 Chairs are provided per box seat. Box Seats are sold on a first come first serve basis. Order your Box Seat today through our on-line store! Box Seat orders can be picked up at the information tent located behind the blue Hall of Fame and Museum building at Topside.

Program Good Luck Messages
Wish your champ good luck in the official FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby race-day program. Order your Good Luck Messages through our on-line store. The deadline to order your message is Thursday, June 24 at 5 p.m. (ET). 


Badge Trading
On Sunday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the champions have the opportunity to attend a “Badge Trading” at Derby Downs, West Lawn (parking in lower grass lot). At this event Champs can exchange badges and trinkets from their hometowns. We suggest bringing approximately 300-400 badges for trading. Families will ask the champions for their badge all week long. We want to make sure that you are aware of this tradition so that your champions can take part in this event. Champs will be provided pizza. Pizza will be available for purchase for families. 

Stock Car Signage Placement

Super Stock Car Signage Placement

Shipping Crate Instructions and Diagram