The Soap Box Derby began in Dayton, Ohio in 1934. Cars competing in this race are un-powered and rely solely upon gravity. There are three divisions of racing in the Soap Derby. The first, Stock, is designed to give the first-time builder a learning experience. Boys and girls ages 9 through 16 compete in simplified cars built from purchased kits. The Super Stock Car division gives the competitor an opportunity to expand their knowledge and build a more advanced model. The Masters division offers boys and girls, 11-16, an advanced class of racer to try their creativity and design skills in.
The La Cañada Soap Box Derby Races is sponsored by the noon Kiwanis Club. The Soap Box Derby is one of the many Kiwanis community events and encourages youth-adult cooperation in building and racing soap box derby cars. As I quietly observed the myriad of activities associated with the race, I thought that this event has a lot to do with bringing families together.