Soap Box Derby - CANCELLED FOR 2019

Due to construction the road paving has to many cracks and edges for safe soapbox operation. Therefore we have canceled the race for this year.

Sorry to pass on this news but we don’t want any of the children to get hurt.

Mandatory Derby Car Inspection

Date: Saturday August 17th , from 10 a.m. to Noon at Charlton Middle School Driveway


The Soap Box Derby is an annual favorite! It is held Labor Day morning at 7 a.m. on Muggett Hill Road. Soap box racing began way back in 1933 in Dayton, Ohio when a bunch of kids raced against each other down a hill in cars made from pieces of scrap and junk from around the house.

The first race cars were made out of wooden crates, sheet metal, wheels off a baby stroller and even real soap boxes. This event has been part of Old Home Day in Charlton for over 30 years.

Instructions & Application

The good thing about soap box racing is that you need to be both a good racer and a good builder. Kids should build their own cars. This means they can't just sit inside and watch while Dad does the work in the garage - but Dad or Mom can help! Soap Box Pre-Race Activity; there will be a mandatory derby car inspection.

Download the Soap Box Derby Application/Regulations Form (PDF) or pick it up at the Charlton Public Library or Charlton Police Department. For more information, call Paul Courville at 508-294-5527 or Jerry Doble at 508-234-0297.