After a successful 10-year run, the Marietta Soap Box Derby hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Marietta is sadly being discontinued for the time being.
Please contact Dunwoody Soap Box Derby or All-American Soap Box Derby International for additional information.
CLICK HERE for pictures of the 2013 event on our website.
CLICK HERE for pictures of the 2013 event on our Club's Facebook page.
History: The Kiwanis Club of Marietta started the All-American Soap Box Derby - Marietta Georgia Local Race in 2004 after Kiwanis President Devan Seabaugh picked up some literature on derby racing while attending the 2003 Kiwanis International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Seabaugh returned to Marietta and agreed to serve as Local Derby Director and organize an event if the Kiwanis Club of Marietta would agree to donate seed money in the amount of $10,000. The Board of Directors, under the leadership of President Jan Blodgett, unanimously agreed to do so and the Marietta Georgia Soap Box Derby signed on with the AASBD International organization.
A pre-race festival was held Friday, May 14, 2004, at Six Flags White Water Park where racers where all introduced and adults got to experience the thrill of the hill, taking their turns in specially built adult soap box racers patterned after the Oil Can Racers of 1935. The Inaugural Derby Race was held on Saturday, May 15, 2004, in the parking lot of Six Flag White Water Park. The sun was shining and the spirit of competition was in the air. Thirty-two racers, 18 Stock Division Racers and 14 Super Stock Division racers, competed for the local Championship. The final races in both division were decided by a race off with Jack VanNuis edging out Amanda Walker in the Stock Division and Heather Graham edging out Kinsey Trazcinski in the Super Stock Division. In the Stock Division, Amanda Walker took second, Heidi Seabaugh third and Vincent “Vinny” Liccardo fourth. In the Super Stock Division, Kinsey Trazcinski placed second, Zach DeBoy third, and Sam Gantt fourth. In 2005 the race was moved to its current location at Marietta High School where the track measures approximately 500’ with a 50’ runout area.
The Marietta Soap Box Derby has been recognized by the All-American Soap Box Derby as an outstanding race city and recognized as a finalist for having one of the best local race programs in the world. In 2008, the All-American Soap Box Derby, International recognized Marietta’s Local Race Director as the AASBD outstanding Local Race Director.
Since that first race in 2004, 26 Champions have represented the city of Marietta, Cobb County, and the State of Georgia at the All American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race in Akron, Ohio. In 2008 at the AASBD World Championships, Marietta’s Local Champion Heidi Seabaugh placed 2nd in the world in the Master Division and Leah Garren placed third in the world in the Rally Masters Division. Several other Marietta Champions have placed in the top 10 over the years. The tradition and sprit of derby racing is growing throughout the South and we look forward to many more years of exciting racing here in Georgia.
Derby Racing is for kids 7-18 years of age. The cars are built from kits purchased
through the All-American Soap Box Derby International online store. Visit their website for more information: www.aasbd.org.