How To Run A Local Soap Box Derby Race, What Does It Require.

Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

houlton maine soap box derby photo

Over the last eighteen years, my family has been fortunate to be involved in the local Maine Soap Box derby program.

All the kids raced in the kit car, down hill sport.

Complete with a trailer to haul behind the jeep with berths for all the kid's cars.

To travel to soap box derby rallies in other parts of Maine, into New Hampshire.

Learn more about how to run, what it takes for a local soap box derby race.

Like NASCAR, each car built from scratch, the individual drivers all have color, a spark, personality.

That one by one adds to the gravity  racing downhill sporting event.

Were you involved in soap box derby racing, where the winner heads to the World Series of Derby racing in Akron Ohio?

Chances are you or someone you know from the past was part of the derby racing program.

Have heard stories. This year's Ohio derby race is the 76th running and held July 27th on the historic derby downs course with three lanes. And racers from around the world competing in the family fun, competitive car racing sporting event.

Local communities in Maine show up to support racers, to sponsor and underwrite the event. Our Maine race is this Saturday and it is andrew mooers soap box derby racing photothe 18th in a long, proud series of annual events.

The Houlton Maine race the largest race city of them all five years in a row.

Held on a specially engineered hill to save time in the set up.

To avoid inconvenience for the locals in a neighborhood that happen to live on a hill that could be ideal for the derby racing course.

A lot goes into starting up, to keep a derby car racing program running.

Any one thinking of starting a derby racing program, I would love to field questions and help guide.

In the process of getting other local soap box derby car racing programs started, growing, running.

At one time, there were five race cities in all of Maine.

Now the Houlton Maine Derby Hill Program is the one and only venue for the down hill kit car soap box racing event.

Watch the Soap Box Derby Racing videos in the link above! Learn more on how to set up, run a local soap box derby program.

Maine, big state, more community involved down to Earth people, plenty of wildlife live here.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

Comments (9)

Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Very cool and so much fun Andy....some skill and work involved too.

Jun 20, 2013 12:03 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Like any program, to keep it safe, fair, fun, the volunteers behind the scenes make it or break it. The need for your own hill is the greatest. Without one, the set up and tear down will burn out the crew to the point you don't have one for the rest of the race. Too much ROI on the course and neglect of the rest of the components happens. And there is always weather...that can rain on the parade but we train the drivers to expect blistering heat, blazing sunshine, dark clouds and thunderstorms, heck even snow...come prepared for it all. Hydration on hot days is key for all the kids. The larger races with 200 racers are fun to see go together like a broadway stage production...neat program, experience for driver and family, community.

Jun 20, 2013 12:20 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The kids and the parents love the Soap Box Derby.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 20, 2013 10:11 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

L Times 2 ... Car racing, without the motor, fumes, noise of NASCAR. But the personality, creative spirit is different on each one.

Jun 20, 2013 10:29 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andy, these soap box derby races look like lots of fun.   My daughter never had any interest, and wish she would have!  

Jun 21, 2013 07:44 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Daughters have as much fun as son's....youngest daughter Amanda won our local in 1998, her oldest brother Alex in 2001. Bth years largest races in country...60 volunteers to pull it off. Neat program, fun for the family in car racing.

Jun 22, 2013 10:55 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

woo hoo...we have one here too and folks of all ages LOVE it !

Jun 22, 2013 11:36 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Andy-thanks for stopping by and the advise on kayaking:)

Jun 23, 2013 08:12 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

S and D ... The races are fun for the workers as well as the racers, their families for sure. Here is the video for Houlton Maine car racing event for 2013.

MG ... You are welcome!

Jun 23, 2013 09:44 PM