Soap Box Derby Race In Maine

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Soap box derby race in Maine, why wait until you are sixteen to drive a car?

The "thrill of the hill" is June 11th, 2022 in Houlton Maine. This Houlton Maine race is the state venue location for the soap box derby program.

soap box derby car weigh in Soap box derby racing has come along way since the first one in Akron Ohio back in 1934.

Early soap box derby races were pretty much here's a set of wheels, axles and good luck. Use your imagination and make sure to remember it's safety first, fair competition and no cheating.

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Taking a walk through Derby Downs at the All American Soap Box Derby museum shows you how far racing has come today.

Gravity racing with kit cars sponsored by local businesses and guided with the family member pit crew.

Building a car from scratch but with instructions, lots of parts, plenty of beginner engineering and science involved. Alignment, where to distribute weight, what's an allen wrench or lock washer. Lots learned by new soap box derby racers. 

Watch a soap box derby video to see how it all works during race day.

I have been involved with the Maine soap box derby program since 1995 and all four kids raced. Made the trip twice to Akron Ohio with two children who won their local and went on to compete out in the Midwest.

Bands playing, sirens sounding, lots of celebrations and hooplah. Three lanes, soap box derby racers from around the World meet to compete in the All American Soap Box Derby big race.

Rally races near your home town a good way to perfect driver skills.

To get more time behind the wheel than just one yearly local soap box derby competition provides. Learn more about the Maine soap box derby

soap box derby houlton meWhat local community activities do you get involved with that have nothing to do with your real estate profession?

One of mine is guiding new soap box derby drivers down Derby Hill, our specially engineered race course in Houlton Maine. This blog post is today's Youtube Thursday installment to show you a glimpse of the local community flavor in Houlton Maine using video. 

Up to sixty local volunteers pitch in to make this soap box derby program one of the best in the land.

derby hill houlton meFor five years straight, the Houlton Maine soap box derby program was the nation's largest.

Like to start a soap box derby program in your community and need some pointers?

Building a hill was the smartest advice to give. As your soap box derby local committee gets older, the set up and tear down of the race track can kill a program.

Here to gladly help set up a local soap box derby program.

To share what I have learned over the years of soap box derby racing. You will never forget the look of fear that quickly turns to one of joy and excitement. First time soap box derby drivers going speeds of around thirty miles an hour that build their own car is a beautiful thing.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

Comments (12)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Andrew. There is definitely an art to building a winning car. Worked for a broker inFlorida who possessed that talent. Simply amazing. Good luck! Enjoy your day.

Dec 09, 2021 04:26 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

The driver is 90%, but the pit crew helps with the Mr Goodwrench skills and support to make it happen Wayne Martin ! It is a big honor for the driver to represent their local area out in the All American Soap Box Derby Race. 

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Dec 09, 2021 04:40 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never witnessed one of these races in person but they look like a lot of fun!

Dec 09, 2021 04:32 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Witness a derby race for first time today! Each car Brian England has it's own character like NASCAR and the driver's crew all rally around their potential derby champ to help them go through the heats, to win a trophy. To send the best of the local race out to Akron to compete. Houlton Maine has had top spot, first place honors at the big Akron Ohio race which shows you the program is rock solid. 

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Dec 09, 2021 04:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrew - what a fun post!   Informative too.  

Dec 09, 2021 04:39 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Michael Jacobs ... need some that are fun and family friendly right?

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Dec 09, 2021 05:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That looks like so much fun! And what an enjoyable thing to get involved with!

Dec 09, 2021 04:45 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

It really helps we built a hill like the one in Akron Ohio to make the set up, tear down a cinch. It has car return runs, everything was engineered to let the race be run with just a few derby association members Kat Palmiotti

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Dec 09, 2021 06:01 AM
Greg Brown, Sales Rep Toronto, Durham region
Sutton Group Heritage Reallty Inc., Brokerage - Whitby, ON

It looks like alot of fun, I probably would want to be the builder, pit crew.

Dec 09, 2021 05:13 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Food, sponsors, announcers, heat sheet trackers, race workers... there are lots to make the race safe and fun. Tech day to help parents and drivers is the day before the big all day race on Derby Hill Greg Brown, Sales Rep Toronto, Durham region ! We have Canadian racers too being right on the border with New Brunswick! 

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Dec 09, 2021 06:03 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

So loved the SBD races.  the kids had a blast.  Well it's Frida-eve, make it a productive Thursday.  Thaanks again for the blog. bill

Dec 09, 2021 05:18 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Thanks for stopping by Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog !

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Dec 09, 2021 06:04 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed reading about your involvement in the project of building a soap box.  I have seen a race, way back when.  A

Dec 09, 2021 06:48 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Lots of engineering in those gravity racers and a million little things that make a difference... just like real estate huh? Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel !

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Dec 09, 2021 07:26 AM
Jim Crawford
Long & Foster - Fredericksburg, VA
Jim Crawford Broker Associate Fredericksburg VA

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 thank you for sharing this.  Events like these are meant to inspire and be shared.   Merry Christmas!

Dec 09, 2021 07:43 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Thank you Jim Crawford ! Good to see your name in lights! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, your family!

Dec 09, 2021 09:16 AM
Jim Crawford

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 God bless you and yours!

Dec 10, 2021 08:22 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - What an inspiring hobby to teach young boys and girls about engineering, building, safety, driving, and Team Work! I forwarded your article to people I know in Maine. 


Dec 10, 2021 04:09 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Thank you Patricia. Spreading the word for the big state of Maine race to expand the field of racers! Thank you for sharing Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP !

Dec 10, 2021 04:13 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I enjoyed looking at all the photos you included. We have seen some of these derbys years ago and thought they were fun, fun, fun!

Dec 10, 2021 07:05 AM