From Ohio History Central
A photo of the finish line at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, 1962. The first All-American Soap Box Derby race was held in Dayton, Ohio, in 1934. The race was moved to Akron in 1935. Leaders in the Akron community saw the need for the race to have a permanent location. The Works Progress Administration began construction of Derby Downs in 1936. The national competition has been held there each August ever since.
Ohio Historical Society AV 120, AL07617 from the Worster Family Soap Box Derby Collection Collection.
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