WHAT IS THE SOAP BOX DERBY?
The All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD) World Championship is held annually in Akron, Ohio every July. Participants become eligible to compete in the AASBD World Championship through winning their Local Race and/or by accumulating points in the Rally Program.
The Local Race is an annual race held in an AASBD licensed city. A participant is required to compete in the Local Race Organization closest to his or her residence.
Salem holds a Local Championship race each June. The winner of a Local Race is called a “Local Champion” and is eligible to compete in the AASBD World Championship in Akron, Ohio against other Local Champions.
The Rally Program allows participants to earn points by racing in various Rally Races throughout the United States. A participant in this program races to win a “Rally Regional Title.” A winner of a Rally Regional Title is considered a “Rally Champion” and is eligible to compete in the AASBD World Championship Race in Akron, Ohio, against other Rally Champions.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
1: Derby information can be found on our Web site www.salemsbd.org. Our rule book can be downloaded for your review, Additional information can be found at the All American Soap Box Derby website: www.aasbd.com
2: Contact Salem SBD for information on racing and to find information on car building clinics, practice days and other programs that may be of assistance to you.
3: Decide which type of car you wish to build. Our Race Director will be able to help you with this information. You may also want to look for a sponsor to help underwrite the cost of your racer. You will 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 at www.aasbd.com. Pre-owned cars may also be purchased but please remember all cars must be brought to current specifications.
4: 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 guide you in building a safe and competitive car. Our Race Director will assist you with any questions you may have about racing, rules and/or tips for building cars.
5: In addition to racing in the Salem local championship race, you may participate in rally races as well. You will gain experience with each trip down the hill, and build a bond between driver and parent/guardian, and make new friends along the way!
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT RACING DIVISIONS?
The Stock Division is for racers age 8-13 years old. Stock Cars can accommodate a racer up to (approx.) 5’3” tall and 125 lbs. 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 (approx.) 6’0” tall and 150 lbs. 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. Participants in this division may paint their car shell.
The Masters division is for racers age 10-17 years old and is usually driven by the more experienced drivers. Masters Cars can accommodate a child up to (approx.) 6’0” tall and 160 lbs. Because of the lay-down design of the Masters Car, smaller drivers can also be competitive in this division. Participants in this division may paint their car body, please contact your local race director for further information.
WHERE DO I PURCHASE MY KIT?
It’s easy! To order your Soap Box Derby kit or to purchase spare parts, please visit:
ARE PRE-OWNED CARS ELIGIBLE?
Y E S ! Salem SBD has a few Pre-Owned cars available and can assist you in finding a pre-owned kit. Ask us about our car rental and leasing program and rules for pre-owned cars. Check our Classifieds!
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