Soapbox Derby 2013

rotary-street-sign-350Rain Date 23rd March 2014
The West Auckland 10th Annual Soapbox Derby will be held on Sunday 17th March 2013.

The Soapbox Derby is a fantastic event for local children attracting huge support from our community.

5 Rotary Clubs run All American Soapbox Derby races followed by a NZ Final race. The New Zealand Champion then gets to race again in July – in the World Championship in Akron, Ohio.

Race results and photos from all races are being added to the Finals page as they become available

New schools and sponsors are always welcome.
For details contact:

2013 Soapbox Derby Brochure

AASBD: We run the races under the AASBD rules. The rules, and further information, are available at:

NZ Rules: We have a few local NZ Rules
last update 29/ 1/ 13 to deal with local conditions. These need to be read in conjunction with the AASBD rules.

School Start Info: New to the derby? No idea where to start?
A Guide for Schools

Food Stalls checklist

Masters Car Race: This year there will be a demonstration Masters Car Race run by the NZ AASBD Trust with the 7 Masters car here in NZ. The rules for this are here

Corporate Cars: We have two cars suitable for adults to drive. First choice goes to Principals and Sponsors. Other parents and teachers may also “have a go” if time allows

Superkids Cars: Watch this space…

Trolley Idea: Find the cars heavy to push around? Errol came up with a trolley cart idea


Winner of the NZRPG Prize: A parent at Whenuapai School

Newsletter #7 10th April 2013

  • SBD Thank You Night
  • Waitakere Race
  • NZ Finals
  • Video Award

Newsletter #6 19th March 2013

  • Plan B:

Details for the joint race with Northcote

Newsletter #5 17th March 2013

  • A report on our day – rain cancellation
  • Proposed “where to from here?”
  • Breakfast TV photos
  • Feedback

Newsletter #4: 12th March 2013

  • Details of TV One Breakfast Show. This is on FRIDAY

(And for those who can’t make it – don’t forget to watch it)

Derby Details:

  • In2it Street Trust will be running some amazing games on the grass area. These are FREE for kids to use!
  • Sponsor updates
  • Stall updates

Newsletter #3: 8th March 2013

  • Westgate Prize (significant – bring your friends and families!)
  • In2it Street Games
  • Safety Day photos
  • Derby Parking – Salvation Army for secure parking for a gold coin donation
  • Race Day Timeline
  • Map for pit crews, stalls etc
  • Safety reminder
  • Driver’s registration forms. Needed by WEDNESDAY at the latest!
  • Car Stickers
  • Sponsors
  • Corporate Cars
  • Video Award
  • Super Kid Cars
  • Food stalls/carnival ideas

Newsletter #2: 4th March 2013

Contents include:

  • Compulsory Safety Briefing – THIS THURSDAY 4pm to 6pm at the Moselle Avenue Testing Station
  • Link to Driver’s Registration form – if possible can I have these on Thursday?
  • SBD Workshop – We’ve put fine tuning training in the hands of our Expert. Those who have done it have come back saying they have learnt a lot!
  • Practice Track
  • Schools and Sponsors to date
  • Corporate Cars – Who wants to drive one?
  • Video Award – involve the kids
  • Super Kids cars – the test run was in the weekend and it performed exceptionally well.
  • Carnival Ideas – do you have any?
  • Food Stalls

Newsletter #1: 13th February 2013
Contents include:

  • Key Dates
  • First Steps
  • Practice Request (!!)
  • First Practice Site
  • Workshop info
  • School sponsor & Food lists
  • Carnival Ideas

Soapbox Derby Dates 2013


Mon, Jan 281st term beginsSat, Feb 02Sun, Feb 03
Sat, Feb 09Sun, Feb 10
Sat, Feb 16Sun, Feb 17
Sat, Feb 23 Sun, Feb 24
Sat, Mar 02Sun, Mar 03
Sat, Mar 09 Sun, Mar 10Auckland East SBD
Sat, Mar 16Sun, Mar 17Waitakere SBD
Sat, Mar 23Northcote SBDSun, Mar 24
Thu, Mar 29

Mon, Apr 01
Easter weekendSat, Mar 30Sun, Mar 31
Sat, Apr 06Whangaparaoa SBDSun, Apr 07NZ SBD Finals at Whangaparaoa
Sat, Apr 13 Sun, Apr 14
Fri, Apr 19 1st term ends
Sat, July 27AASBD world finals in Akron, Ohio

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