Written by Nathan Wertheimer
Sanford, FL – Soapbox racing is a unique sport which involves the entire family. If you have never seen a soapbox derby race before than you are missing out on all the fun. The children enjoy the competition against other kids and families.
Soapbox racing is a family sport and courage’s youth to expand their knowledge in engineering, math, and science. There is only one sanctioned soapbox racetrack in the in the Metro Orlando area. If you or your child has never seen a soapbox race then come down and see it for your self. Your child might want to take up this sport. There are more than more derby tracks in the Southeastern United States. Many families travel to other derby tracks on the weekends.
Derby Park is located in Sanford right off the Toll Road 417. This park is a wonderful place with the racetrack, playgrounds, picnic areas, restroom facilities, and plenty of parking. Overflow parking is outside the park at Bentley Elementary School. Parking should not be a concern for anyone.
If you don’t own your own soapbox racer than don’t worry. There is a fee for rental for the day to race. Most soapbox racers prefer having their own racer to customize and enjoy building themselves. Many of these young soapbox racers enjoy camping overnight the day before the day of the race. It makes it easier on the little racers. Plus, many of the racers are able build good friendships that carry on a lifetime.
All soapbox derby races are free and open to the general public to watch. Once you see one race you’ll be hooked. In the month of November, there is only one day adults are able to race down the tracks for a USMC Toys for Tots event. For more information check out there website.
Race days are on Saturday once a month and sometimes race on Sunday too. There season is fall through the spring. No summer races are held. All races are sanctioned by the All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD).
More for information visit www.soapboxderby.org/central-florida . We hope to see you at a race!
List of the 2016-2017 Race Schedule
- Sanford Race on Sept 24, 2016
- Sanford Race on Oct 15-16, 2016
- Sanford Race on Nov 5, 2016
- Sanford Race on Dec 31, 2016 and Jan 1, 2017
- Sanford Race on Feb 4-5, 2017
- Sanford Race on Mar 11-12, 2017
- Sanford Race on Apr 8, 2017
- Sanford Race on Apr 22, 2017
- Sanford Race on May 20, 2017
Photos from the Central Florida Soap Box Derby races on February 6, 2016.