Derby Downs

789 Derby Downs Drive
Akron, OH 44306

330-733-8723   |
Varies by event.
Varies by event.

Days at the Derby

The Soap Box Derby races on at Derby Downs in Akron.

Derby Downs is a 989.4-foot Soap Box Derby racing track located between George Washington Boulevard and the Akron Fulton International Airport.

The Soap Box Derby originated during the 1930s in Dayton, where children designed and built non-motorized vehicles out of discarded materials. The event rose to fame nationally through the reporting of Myron Scott and was eventually moved to Akron due to its better terrain. The permanent facility at Derby Downs was created in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration and has been the site of the annual All-American Soap Box Derby for over 80 years. Today, after many additions and upgrades, Derby Downs provides a venue for both the Soap Box Derby championship and other smaller races. Owned by the City of Akron, Derby Downs is run by the Soap Box Derby which organizes competitions and educational programs both locally and worldwide.

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Notes for Travelers

Please visit for race and event information. Except for races and events, Derby Downs is not open to public.