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Mission & District
Soapbox Derby

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...a soapbox car (also variously known as a soapbox cart, and especially in Australia, billy cart) is a motorless vehicle capable of holding a driver (usually a child) built for the purpose of racing or recreation. Propelled by gravity, soapbox cars can reach upwards of 50 km/h (30 miles per hour). Originally, soapbox cars were built from wooden soap (or orange) crates and rollerskate wheels, but have grown more sophisticated over time, with materials like aluminum and fiberglass being utilized.

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A BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors, volunteers & supporters for making the 2013 15th Annual Derby a success!!!

Please consider making a donation. With your help and for the price of a "latte" you can keep the race going.

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The Mission & District Soapbox Derby Association was incorporated in October of 2000 as a non-profit association for the historical Mission Soapbox Derby. Our executive and members live and work in Mission and the surrounding communities. We rely upon local businesses for corporate sponsorship, including the District of Mission.

Over 150 volunteers are needed to help organize and participate in this event. This is a community event and without the support of community groups, businesses and private citizens, this event would not be possible.


The next Mission Soapbox Derby will be held:

Sunday June 1, 2014 and
Sunday August 10, 2014 (as rain out)

Primary: Saturday June 14, 2014
First Rain Out: Saturday August 23, 2014
Secondary Rain-Out: Sunday Sept. 14, 2014 (Do or Die)

Preliminary Program (subject to change)
7:30am - Racers' check-ins and car inspections
9:00am - Opening ceremony with Mission's Mayor and dignitaries
9:15am - Start of the races, Heat #1 (approx. 30 races)
12:00pm- 12:30pm Lunch break, with
* Martial Arts Demonstrations
* Pudding Eating Contest
* Hot Dog Eating Contest
12:30pm - Start of races, Heat #2 (approx. 30 races)
4:00pm - Awards Ceremony

We encourage everyone to come to Mission to watch the races and participate in other fun events:

  • Races boys and girls 8-14 yrs
  • Hot Dog & Pudding Eating Contest
  • Martial Arts Demonstrations
  • Vendors
  • ...and more
  • To register for the 2014 Soapbox Derby, contact Remco Bergman. Registration forms are can be found on our resources page and follow the link.

    The registration cost is $30.00 (subject to change) for participants ages 8 through 14 years, both girls and boys.
    Adult racers: $50 (15yrs and up).

    Corporate sponsors and volunteers are needed!

    Visit the resources page for a map of road closures on race day.