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Soap Box Derby Number 73 Returns to Akron

An international field is set to run at the end of July.

by on Jul.08, 2010

The Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World?

More than 500 kids and their families will be in Akron, Ohio for a week of activities leading up to the 73rd All-American Soap Box Derby, which will run at Derby Downs on Saturday, July 24.

Children between the ages of eight and 17 earned the trip to Akron by winning a local Soap Box Derby competition in their “gravity-powered” race cars.

They will come from 40 U.S. states, as well as Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Japan and Guam, according to the race organizers.

The Derby, with some bombast, has been called “The Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World.” No great matter – to the more than a million youngsters who’ve participated, it’s just the Soap Box Derby.

Childish Enthusiasm!

The Derby, however you know it, started in 1933, when a Dayton Daily News photographer came upon three boys racing home-made, engine-less cars down an inclined brick street. Myron E. Scott was known at the News for his creative thinking. “Why not hold a coasting race and award a prize to the winner?” Scottie thought.