Q: Where and when is the next derby?
A: On the west side of Mt. Tabor, historically on the third Saturday of August.
Q: How can I become a racer in the derby?
A: Join the racer mailing list for announcements [contact us]; and check out last year’s racer packet for rules and regulations. Online registration usually opens in February.
Q: How do I sponsor the derby?
A: Sponsors make the derby run. Your contribution helps cover park costs, safety equipment, traffic control, and more. Contact us for details.
Q: How do I volunteer for the derby?
A: You should email our volunteer coordinator.
Q: I’d like to sell concessions at the Derby. What do I need to do?
A: We accept a small number of local vendors each year to partner up under our park permit. Contact us if you are interested.
Note: All agreements must be secured by June 1st in order to meet all Special Use Permit Requirements with the City!
Q: When was the first Derby?
A: The youth Soapbox Derby course on Mt. Tabor was built in 1956, and was used until 1965. The PDX Adult Soapbox Derby was first run in 1997.
Q: How many racers enter the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby?
A: Up to 42 cars. Morning preliminary races usually start about every five minutes, and afternoon speed races happen as fast as we can get the cars back to the top of the hill.
Q: How much does it cost to watch the Derby?
A: It’s free! It’s a perfect day for a picnic! Come on up to our sleepy volcano, get comfortable, and enjoy the race!
Q: How many spectators come to the Derby?
A: LOTS. Some estimates top 10,000 people. (Fun fact: crowd estimates are based on waste volume measured by the porta-potty company.)
***Note: Due to the large volume of people, and handmade gravity cars locked in mortal combat, this event is not stroller- or dog-friendly. Watch that child and leash your pet!***