Sanctioned by the national All-American Soap Box Derby, the race is for boys and girls from 8 to 18 who construct and race their own Soap Box Derby cars, with the winners being awarded trophies and cash prizes.
Begun in 1934 in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to Akron the following year due to its hillier terrain, the Soap Box Derby has been run every year since, with the exception of the World War II years. Youngsters from throughout the United States and from several foreign countries come to Akron with the race cars they have built and driven to victory in their home communities.
The top three winners in each of three divisions will qualify for the World Championship in Akron, Ohio, which will take place on July 21, 2012.
Last year’s Conshohocken race featured 34 contestants with 15 children in the stock division, 13 in the super-stock division, and six in the masters division.
The goals of the Soap Box Derby program have not changed since it began in 1934. They 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.
The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with Conshohocken Mayor Robert Frost presiding over the flag-raising and opening ceremonies. Races will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m..
Those interested in participating can sign up on the website of the All-American Soap Box Derby at http://www.aasbd.org, which offers complete information about qualifying, building the cars, and all about the decades-old history of the race.
It will be a full day of family-oriented fun with food, refreshments, games, exhibits, and most importantly, the 61st edition of a perennial favorite Conshohocken event, proudly sponsored again by Conicelli Autoplex.
Conicelli Autoplex (http://www.conicelliautoplex.com) is a family-owned new- and used-car dealership group headquartered in Conshohocken, PA, with dealerships in Conshohocken and Springfield, PA selling new and used Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, and Scion vehicles.