Monday, November 23, 2009

Spring and Summer 2010 Race Schedule

Race Directors from Salem, Kitsap, Mt Vernon and Stanwood met Sunday and have finalized the race schedule, see below. Exciting news of a proposed AA Rally to be held in Olympia on May 1 & 2 was also announced. More details on that race to come. So mark your calendars and plan on a busy racing season.

2010 Region 1 Soap Box Derby Schedule

March, 2010
3/20-21/10 - NDR Rally-Salem
3/27-28/10 AA Rally Vallejo Ca.

April, 2010
4/3-4/10 - Easter Sunday-No racing
4/10-11/10 - AA Rally-Salem
4/17-18/10 - AA Rally-Kitsap
4/24-25/10 - No racing

May, 2010
5/1-2/10 - AA Rally-Olympia-sanctioned by Kitsap SBDA
5/8-9/10 - Mother’s Day-No Racing
5/15/10 - Salem local pre-inspection & Mt Vernon Local Inspection
5/16/10 - Mt. Vernon Local Championship
5/22-23/10 - AA Rally-Kitsap
5/29-30/10 - Best In The West AA Rally-Salem

June, 2010
6/5-6/10 - Kitsap Local Inspection/Championship
6/12/10 - Salem Local Inspection & Banquet
6/13/10 - 59th Annual Salem Local Championship
6/19-20/10 - Father’s Day-Stanwood Local Championship
6/26-27/10 - No Racing

July, 2010
7/19-24/10 - Akron All-American Championship week
7/25-31/10 - NDR National Championship race week

2011 Race Season

August, 2010
8/7-8/10- AA Rally-Stanwood/Camano Island
8/14-15/10 - AA Summer in the City Rally-Salem
8/21-22/10 - No Racing
8/28-29/10 - AA Rally-Kitsap

September, 2010
9/4-5/10 - Labor Day Weekend
9/11-12/10 - AA Rally-Salem
9/18-19/10 - AA Rally-Mt. Vernon
9/25-26/10 - NDR Rally-Salem

October, 2010
10/2-3/10 - AA Rally-Kitsap
10/9-10/10 - AA Rally-Salem
10/16-17/10 - Open
10/23-24/10 - Open

Friday, November 20, 2009

Salem Soap Box Derby
November 17, 2009

The rains have come, the leaves are falling and the squirrels are taking over the track but the folks at Salem Soap Box Derby are already busy planning a great Spring and Summer season. Our schedule will be finalized soon and posted on our website,
Please check back for updates.

There are a few things we want to bring you up to date on. First of all the folks in Akron have decided in the interest of fairness to begin phasing out some of the older floorboards. This is due to rules in place at the time the floorboards were manufactured, which allowed drilling king pin holes. Some folks figured out how to re-drill the holes in such a way as to create boards with an unfair advantage. The phase out period will be in effect through August 1, 2012, with the oldest floorboards being phased out immediately. So please read the official announcement below and check your floorboard prior to the next AA Race. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us. With these rules changes in mind, we are planning a floorboard inspection day for anyone who is unsure about their floorboard, with time and place to be announced. We realize this may be a burden on some families, we just want to do everything we can now to make sure once the season begins, it goes smoothly.

Next on the agenda we are looking for volunteers to “Adopt An Oilcan Car”. As most of you have seen, our Oilcan cars are in need of some serious TLC and we’d like to get them all refurbished (and safe) for the upcoming race season. If you’d like to help out (please) and take one home to work on over the winter please let us know and we’ll get you lined up.. We’re hoping to have them all back in tiptop shape this coming season for some fun adult racing action.

We have some exciting news to tell you about. In addition to updating our website (coming very soon) we now have two new web presences to let you know about. Our Facebook fan page can be found here:
We also now have a blog for news, announcements and items of general interest. Our blog is here:

Finally, we want to send out a call for new racers. The Salem SBD has cars available, they just need drivers. If you know of any interested families or children who want to be a part of the Soap Box Derby family please let us know. More racers mean more fun. But most importantly we want you back racing with us this coming Spring.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Best Regards,
Jim Youngers, Salem SBD Race Director :

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Monday, November 16, 2009

A New Website

Keep your eyes out for the debut of the new Salem SBD Website. Our crack team of designers headed up by the inimitable Lydia Hess is hard at work as we speak. Here's a sneak peak at the new logo.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

An Iconic American Event

The All American Soap Box Derby has been listed as one of America's most Iconic events in a new book published by National Geographic. The book USA 101 features the Soap Box Derby along side events such as the Indy 500 and Little League World Series. Of course we already knew that, but it's nice the word is getting out to the rest of the world.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Soap Box Derby considering ideas like solar-powered cars, student-designed racers

An interesting article in the Cleveland newspaper worth checking out: