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Soapbox Derby

It’s summer and you’re bored with your X-box, Playstation and DS… why not build yourself a Soapbox Racecar?!?! It’s a great way to catch some rays, spend some time with dad in the garage, or just learn about gravity and the dynamics of some hot wheels.


The Soapbox Story

1930s Soapbox1930s Soapbox

Soapbox racing was a pretty big deal back in the olden days. When they were kids, it was probably your great-grandparents that came up with the idea to put some baby carriage wheels on a wooden crate, walk it up to the top of Satan’s Hill and race two or three cars for bragging rights.


Derby Democracy

Great GrowthGreat Growth

Soapbox racing evolved into the popular Soapbox Derby. Derbies were so big in the 70s and 80s that even American Presidents made appearances at the National Finals. Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Regan have shown up at the All-American Soapbox Derby in Akron, Ohio.


Kits VS Kreativity

All-American StyleAll-American Style

The big National Derbies have become quite serious and really fancy. To enter these Derbies, the rule is that you have to buy a special Soapbox Kit that contains all the materials to build the soapbox car. The kit is pretty expensive and not as much fun to build as something you might make out of the junk from your dad’s garage. It's much more fun to be creative and build something different than everybody else's car.


Home Town Trophy

Backyard Barn BurnerBackyard Barn Burner

Most cities and even small towns have smaller local Soapbox Derbies that takes place sometime during the summer. Try to search for a soapbox derby in your hometown by googling “soapbox derby” and “your hometown”, and you might just be able to enter and win some cool prizes.


Round Up Some Rivalry

Need 4 SpeedNeed 4 Speed

The best way to race a soapbox is just with some friends on your neighborhood block’s big hill. You don’t really even need a big hill, but just a short road with a little bit of a steep part. Also, get a parent to watch out for cars and keep things safe, because the last thing you want is a demolition derby.


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Have You Raced A Soap Box Car?

  • Yes - I'm a soap box speedster.
  • No, but I'd like to try.
  • No - it looks lame. I'd rather race my bike.

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unicornsrule626
"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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angelover4
I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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