Soap Box Derby racing, established in 1936, is the longest running amateur sport in the country, and the Bucks County Soap Box Derby is one of the oldest local organizations of this type in the United States.
Throughout the years, the goals of the Soap Box Derby Program have remained the same, striving to foster a stronger parent-child relationship. Parents work side-by-side with their children building a gravity-powered car and then helping them into the car before the race.
Each year, girls and boys between the ages of seven and 18 drive their cars in a local one-day Soap Box Derby Race. This year the 58th Annual Bucks County Soap Box Derby local race will take place on Saturday, June 21st, at Woodbourne Road and Five Points in Middletown Township.
Children will compete for prizes and trophies. Winners of this local race will be eligible to participate in the All-American Soap Box Derby “World Championship” race in Akron, Ohio taking place July 26th.
In order to prepare for this race, Rally Programs take place throughout the tri-state area from April until June and from August until October. This year’s two Bucks County Rallies will take place in April and October on School Lane/Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville-Trevose.
Also, The Bucks County Soap Box Derby would like to introduce to you the “BUCKS COUNTY SUPER KIDS CLASSIC,” a non-profit organization that promotes Soap Box Derby racing to children with disabilities. These Super Kids races will be held at the Bucks County Community College, Newtown Campus in the spring.
The Bucks County Soap Box Derby is continuing to raise funds for a permanent track in Bristol Township. It will be one of 12 permanent tracks in the country.
Anyone interested in contributing donations or labor, contact Derby Director, Kim McCauley, at 267-981-2255. Meetings are open to everyone the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Team Toyota Service Center, a corporate sponsor, at 407 East Old Lincoln Highway in Penndel. No dues are required.
You pay only a one-time registration fee for the local race. Registration opens in March.
For more information about the Bucks County Soap Box Derby, contact Kim McCauley. Also visit www.buckscountysoapboxderby.org and its Facebook page.