From High Point to Derby Downs : Soap Box Racing in High Point, N.C.

Although many of today's youth only know of the event through movies such as The Little Rascals , Soap Box Derby racing was wildly popular during the Mid-20th Century. A boys only event, participants would, with help from sponsorship from local businesses, build and decorate their cars to take part in the yearly event. 1951 marked the 1st Annual Soap Box Derby Race to be held in the City of High Point, organized by the High Point Lions Club, Radio Station WMFR and Lyle's Chevrolet Co., and the event continued to draw in crowds until its end in 1972.

To the left: Object ID 2007.041.060, showing group line-up of cars to take place in the 1952 High Point Derby.

If you would like to take part in a Soap Box Derby, or learn more about the history of the All American Soap Box Derby Program, please visit their website at

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