With it’s first competition in 1933, the Soap Box derby is still going strong today. Seventy-five years later the events are still going strong. The Soap Box car designs have changed over the past few decades but the concept behind the car has stayed the same. Below we will look at the various designs, and the history of Soap Box racing.
ca.1947 Soap Box Derby car constructed between March and June, 1947, by donor (who was then 13 years old). The wooden car, painted racer green, has regulation Firestone wheels and was first place winner in the local soap box race in 1947. The vehicle's sides are painted with the racer's name, "Jerry," and the name of the sponsor, "The Daily Times-News, Burlington, NC." The car was also raced at the 1947 national meet held in Akron, Ohio, but did not place.