How a Race Works

We host two type of racing events

 

Local Race

The traditional soap box derby event that is popular as seen in the media. A local race organization (a city, state or local area) hosts the event as a franchise of the All-American Soap Box Derby headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Racers are eligible to participate in a local race based on the proximity to the track location from the student’s school. A Local Championship is the primary path to qualifying for the All-American Soap Box Derby as a Local Champ in Akron, OH each July. The New Hampshire Soap Box Derby welcomes racers from NH, VT, ME, MA and beyond for its Local Championship and Rally races. The closest Local races to New Hampshire are in Arlington, MA and Houlton,ME.

Rally Race

A secondary soap box derby event that provides additional opportunities for racers to compete. A year round racing season allows racers to accumulate qualificatin points.  High seeded racers from their region qualify for the All-American Soap Box Derby as a Rally Division Champ in Akron, OH each July.  The New Hampshire Soap Box Derby welcomes racers from NH, MA, VT, ME, NY, CT, RI and beyond for its Rally races.  Racers from any area of the country may particiapte in a rally event, earning points for their particular region.

Race Format

A race event is run as a series of heats, consisting of two Phases (A & B) against the same competitor in a side-by-side (staright down hill) configuration.  Each racers runs in each lane.   The overall differential of the two phases determines the winner.

Example 8 Racer Heat Sheet

See details on the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship site for how Race Week is operated.