Soapbox Derby Program
The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program, which is sponsored by
the Youth Activities League. Each year, youth throughout the United
States, and several foreign countries, build gravity powered race
cars and participate in local qualifying races with the hope of
scoring well enough to be included in the World Chapionship finals.
The World Championship finals are held each August at Derby Downs in
Akron, Ohio. The City of Industry's Y.A.L. Soapbox Program has sent
a car, and driver, to the championships several times over the
years. Needless to say, this is an experience of a lifetime for
The City of Industry Y.A.L. builds two cars a year in our own shop:
1) Stockcar - Designed to give the first-time builder a learning
experience in the art of Soapbox cars. Boys and girls 9 through 16
compete in simplified cars built from kits purchased from the
official All-American Soapbox store. These kits assist the Derby
novice by providing a step by step layout for construction of a
basic lean forward style car.
2) Super Stock Car - Provides the competitor an opportunity to
expand their knowledge and build a more advanced model of race car.
Both of these beginner levels of racing are popular in race
communities across the country, as youngsters are exposed to the
Derby program for the first time.
The goals of the Soap Box Derby program are to teach youngsters some
of the basic skills of workmanship, the spirit of competition, and
the perseverance to continue a project once it has begun.
For additional information about the Soapbox Derby program, contact
the City of Industry Sheriff's Station at (626) 934-3073 or stop by
and say “HELLO” at the City of Industry Station Community Service
Center located at 205 North Hudson Ave. (directly across the street
from the Sheriff’s Station.)