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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

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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

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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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LUCYQWERTY123
well in my opinion i think its a sport cause its more of gymnastic and gymnastics is a sport so yeah :D :punk :nerd :nerd :nerd :punk :punk :punk
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1PhanTrash
It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
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1PhanTrash
"Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
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Wolf74
Wolf74 posted in Dance:
use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
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Enki
Enki posted in Xtreme Sports:
Sure, many girls can fight, in fact some can fight really well, however it is a fact that women are generally physically weaker than men, which means that if a healthy male and a healthy female were to fight then the outcome wouldn't be 50/50 but rather 25/75 if even that much, this assumes that both the male and female have the same experience, training and of course both are healthy. This doesn't mean that women are inferior to men, but I am just pointing out facts, the notion that men and women are exactly the same and should be carrying out the same tasks is ridiculous.
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