Anderson Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each August at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

The idea of the Soap Box Derby grew out of a photographic assignment of Dayton, Ohio, newsman Myron Scott. He covered a race of boy-built cars in his home community and was so impressed with this event that he acquired a copyright for the idea and began development of a similar program on a national scale. Each year since, with the exception of during World War II, youngsters from Anderson and the surrounding area have raced in Anderson with the goal of representing Anderson in the World Championships in Akron, OH.


The Ed Martin Automotive Group has been a long time sponsor of the Soap Box Derby for youth in Anderson, Indiana. We have three dealerships in Anderson. The Ed Martin soapbox car has produced many champions not only boys but girls too! The sport was nearly gone years ago when one of our valued customers approached up about helping keep it alive. We are proud to say that the Anderson Soapbox Derby is going strong and we still support their efforts.