Welcome to the Muscatine Adult Soapbox Derby – Let’s Roll!


Catch a full rebroadcast of the 2016 Muscatine Adult Soapbox Derby on  MuscatineTVChannel.com.   Air times are 10am 4pm and 1am!

Finish Crowd

SUCCESS! The first Muscatine Adult Soapbox Derby held July 4th, 2016 was a huge success! Thank you to all who built cars and the THOUSANDS of supporters spectators who came out to make this day so special.













Official 2016 Race Results are available HERE


Derby Fest was held June 18th at Boonie’s on the Avenue, check out some pictures from the event!


Official Rules and car specifications are available on the Derby Details Page.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Click HERE



What is an Adult Soapbox Derby?

Soapbox Derbies have been around since the 1930’s. Traditionally the competitions would involve local youths racing hand-built, strictly gravity powered cars for prizes. The purpose was to teach kids valuable skills while having fun designing, building, and racing their cars. While soapbox derbies were a hugely popular event for youngsters for years, an interest in a new modern derby with a twist has sprung up around the country. The adult soapbox derby borrows the concept of days past but these events are geared towards the adults and thrill seekers of all ages! The cars are faster, the designs more intricate, the stakes are higher and the fun is multiplied! Adult soapbox derbies are an environmentally friendly event, the cars are powered only by the creative minds that build them!

Photo Courtesy: Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Photo Courtesy: Nevada City Soapbox Derby

Adult Soapbox Derbies are growing in popularity throughout the country. Some of these are the Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby, the Johnson County Soapbox Classic, the Marble Falls Soapbox Classic, and the largest and longest running event so far – the PDX Adult Soapbox Derby!

It is time to bring an Adult Soapbox Derby to the Midwest. Why Muscatine? Muscatine has a long, rich history with traditional soapbox derbies running from 1937 to the mid 1960’s. The City has the perfect hills and is filled with creative talented individuals. It is time to bring the fun back- the first annual Muscatine Adult Soapbox Derby will be held in 2016. The directors are currently deep into the planning phase and will be announcing more details so make sure to check back!


Who benefits from Adult Soapbox Derbies?

Well… the simple answer is.. EVERYONE! Race junkies and creative designers will benefit from the two competition classes; Speed and Art. Spectators will be wowed by their friends and neighbors screaming down the hill competing for the speed prize and dazzled by the incredible designs in the Art division. The community as a whole benefits by having something fun and creative event to call their own and draw visitors to Muscatine. Similar events in smaller cities have drawn crowds of 5000+ on their first years! All proceeds will be donated to a local cause after the day of the race!


This Ain’t Your Grandpa’s Wooden Box!

What do modern adult soapbox cars look like? Glad you asked! If you can dream it, you CAN build it!

For the Art Enthusiast:

Photo Courtesy: Nevada City Soapbox DerbyPhoto Courtesy: Nevada City Soapbox DerbyPhoto Courtesy: Nevada City Soapbox Derby


For the Speed Junkie:

Photo Courtesy: Nevada City Soapbox Derby

Photos Courtesy: Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Photos Courtesy: Nevada City Soapbox Derby










Check out some fun from a past race held in Nevada City, California!


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