o The basic soapbox car kit takes as little as five hours to put together. The most inexpensive one runs about $500.
o Nearly half of derby racers are girls.
o Kids can participate in almost 300 races across the United States each year.
o It wasn’t until 1971 that girls were allowed to compete in the All-American Soap Box Derby.
o Karren Stead was the first girl to grab the championship in 1975.
o In 1994 Danielle Del Ferraro became the first two-time winner in the history of the Derby.
o Gravity powers the cars downhill – some call the championships the Gravity Grand Prix.
o Derby cars can reach speeds of up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) an hour.
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Times have changed since this 1935 photo was produced.