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These Soap Box Racers Bring Back Good Memories of a Bygone Era

It wasn’t long at all before soap box races spread across the world to become one of the favored past times of many a little boy and girl. Since often times teams worked on the racers, many girls were a part of the building of carts after their official inclusion in 1971. While the sport is no where near as common these days, the annual Soap Box Derby is still held every year in Ohio (in Akron, not Dayton) and there are some who hope the sport can make a comeback.

University of Michigan students’ Soap Box Derby, early 1950s. Via/ Flickr

New Orleans, 1956. Via/ Wiki Commons

Winner gets a kiss, 1957. Via/ State Archives of Florida

Wrecked soap box racer, 1959. Via/ State Archives of Florida

Starting the race with a gunshot, 1960. Via/ State Archives of Florida

Tallahassee, 1962. Via/ State Archives of Florida

New York City, 1983. Via/ Wiki Commons

Germany, 1979. Via/ Wiki Commons

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