77th First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby





More than 400 Soap Box Derby® Champions and their families will be in Akron, Ohio, for a week of activities leading up to the 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 20 have earned the trip to Akron by winning local Soap Box Derby competitions in their gravity-powered race cars. They will travel from cities throughout the United States, as well as from Canada, New Zealand, Germany and Japan.

WHEN (all events take place at Derby Downs unless noted):

Sunday, July 19
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Shell Reattachment/Optional Trial Runs, Etc. for VIP Cars
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Ultimate Speed - Inspections and Practice Runs 
1 - 6 p.m. - Shell Reattachment/Optional Trial Runs, Etc. for Non-VIP Cars

Monday, July 20
8 - 10 a.m. & 3 - 5 p.m. - Shell Reattachment/Repairs/Optional Trial Runs/Etc.
9 a.m. - Noon - Ultimate Speed - Inspections and Practice Runs
Noon - Parade of Champions, Main Street in Akron: Canal Park to Lock 3
12:30 – 3 p.m. - Opening Ceremony, Lock 3          

Tuesday, July 21
8 a.m. - DQ Rally Challenge - Rally Masters
10 a.m. - SUBWAY® Challenge - Local Masters
Noon - DQ Rally Challenge - Rally Stock
2 p.m. - DQ Rally Challenge - Rally Super Stock

2015 DQ Rally Challenge Logo      Subway Challenge Logo


Wednesday, July 22
8 a.m. - SUBWAY® Challenge - Local Super Stock
11 a.m. - SUBWAY® Challenge - Local Stock 

Thursday, July 23
8 a.m. - Ultimate Speed Xootr Wheel Race
1:30 p.m. - Parents Race
4 p.m. - DQ Rally Challenge, SUBWAY® Challenge, International Challenge Finals
5 – 7 p.m. - Open Hill, Whitey Wahl Pavilion Starting Line
5 – 9 p.m. - Topside Show open house
6 – 9 p.m. - Build and Battle Competition

Friday, July 24
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. - National Super Kids Classic, Derby Downs

Saturday, July 25
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. - 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby
Approx. 2 p.m. - Mayor’s Cup Race, Derby Downs
7 p.m. - Awards Ceremony, Akron Civic Theatre

Each day’s activities will provide a range of opportunities to photograph or videotape boys and girls as they arrive in Akron, work on their race cars and experience the excitement of competing on the world-famous Derby Downs track. Interviews can be arranged with participants, their families and with officials of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby organization.

Derby Downs is at 789 Derby Downs Drive, Akron, Ohio, 44306—and is located along George Washington Boulevard, just north of Rt. 224 in the southeast area of Akron.  It is adjacent to Akron Fulton Airport and the Rubber Bowl.  

After you fill out the request for media credential form please return it to: soapbox@aasbd.org.   

Doreen Thorne
Soap Box Derby
Marketing Manager
(330) 733-8723, extension 13