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 Complete Guide To Race Week offers pre-event and event suggestions for first time (as well as returning) Champions to assist with preparation and activities during Race Week.

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

Car Delivery Schedule
The 2018 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.
Monday, July 2 - Saturday, July 7 – Champ Car Arrival In Akron, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 8 – Last Date for Champ Car Arrival In Akron, 9 a.m. - 3 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 37 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 Wednesday, June 27 at 5 p.m. (ET). 

Cedar Point Tickets
Cedar Point tickets can be purchased through our on-line store. Cedar Point tickets can be picked up at the information tent located behind the blue Hall of Fame and Museum building at Topside. Tickets can also be purchased at the information tent throughout the week.

Tools Permitted For Race-Week

Note: Alignment/Spindling services will NOT be provided this year by our volunteers.

Sunday and Monday
1.  Saw Horses
2.  Wrenches - sockets, torque
3.  Battery powered and manual screw driver
4.  Repair equipment
5.  Triangulation tools
6.  Alignment tools

1.   Alignment tools
2.   Cleaning and waxing supplies

Note:  No lubricants and power tools other than the above mentioned are permitted. Also, tools must fit in a milk size carton.

Race-Week Check In
Race-week check-in will take place at Topside. All champs can pick up their welcome bag Sunday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. or Monday from 8 - 11 a.m. behind the blue Hall of Fame and Museum building.

All champions MUST wear their provided All-American Champion T-shirts on the following days:
Monday through Thursday, July 16 - 19 and Saturday July 21. Please keep in mind that the shirts may NOT be altered.

Champ Wheel Purchase
You have the opportunity to purchase your champs wheels that are used during Saturday’s race. If you would like to purchase your wheels you can do that through our on-line store through July 13 at $101.17 plus tax. Beginning July 14 used champ wheels will only be available at the retail price of $115 plus tax. If you choose to purchase them on Saturday, July 22 we cannot guarantee that you will receive YOUR wheels.

Trackside Tents/Canopies
Please do not place or set-up tents/canopies on Derby Downs grounds before 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 16. Violations of the above will result in the removal of the tents/canopies. Also, when setting up, please avoid the zoned off areas. The ISBD is not responsible for tents/canopies placed on our grounds or for items left in them.

Welcoming Ceremony Throw out Items
As we celebrate our 81st, we are welcoming our 2018 Champions with a parade. The champs will gather at Canal Park at 11:30 a.m. At noon all the champs, along with other parade units, will march from Canal Park to Lock 3 in downtown Akron. Once in Lock 3, each champ will be introduced. The champions are then escorted across the stage one at a time and introduced. While the announcer is speaking, the champions throw trinkets to the crowd. Items such as Frisbees, t-shirts and water bottles have been used in the past. We ask that you DO NOT have them throw their badges, pencils or any other items that could be harmful. Also, gum or candy is not permitted. Each champion should plan on supplying his or her own bag of trinkets to be tossed during this ceremony.

No overnight camping will be allowed at Derby Downs parking lots, or the surrounding grassy areas.

Badge Trading
On Monday, the champions have the opportunity to attend a “Badge Trading” party at the "Rock the Rec" event where they exchange badges and trinkets from their hometowns. We suggest bringing approximately 300-600 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.

Stock Car Signage Placement

Super Stock Car Signage Placement

Shipping Crate Instructions and Diagram