2015 Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame Inductees
BOB COOPER, Akron Ohio - Cooper operates a metal fabrication company in New Franklin, which supplies steering and brake assemblies for Soap Box Derby racing nationwide. Cooper began his Soap Box Derby involvement when he raced in the Akron local Soap Box Derby from 1956 through 1959. He became a volunteer for the All-American race beginning in 1960, and became a member of the National Control Board (now called Racing Commission) in 1975. He is vice chairman of the Racing Commission and has been the starting line crew chief since 1980.
FRAN SEABECK, North Canton, Ohio - Fran Seabeck joined the All-American Derby’s headquarters staff in 1995, retiring as office manager in 2007. In her early years as an employee, she worked closely with the Rally Commission, helping the Rally program grow from a handful of race cities to more than 100. Seabeck’s first involvement with the Soap Box Derby was when her daughters raced in the Akron local race in the late 1980s. She joined the board of directors of the Akron Derby organization in 1987, and became a member of the All-American Derby’s National Control Board in 1990, where she served as secretary until 2007.
GEORGE (BUD) SEABECK, North Canton, Ohio - Seabeck’s impact on the program continues as he designed and built the prototype for the Super Stock division’s race car which was introduced in 1995, and continues in production today. Seabeck became active in the Akron local Derby organization when his daughters raced from 1987 through 1990. He served on the local’s board of director and served as Akron local race director beginning in 1991. The following year, he became a member of the All-American Derby’s board and served as treasurer beginning in 1993. Seabeck was the first Rally Commissioner in the early 1990s and was instrumental in the rally circuit’s early success. He is a contractor.
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