Soapbox Derby 2014

NZ Finals Race Results

rotary-street-sign-350Rain Date 23rd March 2014
Our 2014 Finals page now has our RESULTS

The West Auckland 11th Annual Soapbox Derby will be held on Sunday 16th March 2014.

4 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.

New schools and sponsors are always welcome.

For details contact:


Newsletter #7: 1st April 2014

  • Contents include: Results and photos from both the Waitakere and NZ Finals Derbies

Newsletter #6: 10th March 2014
Contents include:

  • Possible Rain date (it hasn’t been confirmed yet that the Typhoon will reach our shores… but contingency planning is underway “Just In Case”). Currently we are assuming the event will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday 16th March.
  • Drivers registration forms – needed urgently so the race draw and schedule can be completed
  • Race Draw and Schedule – coming soon
  • Food Stalls – we have two. Anyone else want to do one as a fundraiser?
  • Practice – reminder about safety
  • Derby Day Parking
  • Race Day Timeline – when to arrive etc
  • Personal check list
  • Map for team and food locations

Newsletter #5: 4th March 2014
Contents include:

  • Safety Check Day – Thursday 6th March
  • Request for drivers forms
  • Do you need number stickers?
  • Draft race format
  • Food stalls
  • 27/2/14 Western Leader – SBD Hobsonville School and accompanying video
Newsletter #4: 24th February 2014
Contents include:

  • A great practice site!

Newsletter #3: 21st February 2014
Contents include:

  • Auckland East will be joining us for a joint race
  • New rain date of Sunday 23rd March at Westgate
  • Driver and Team Member forms are on our website
  • Schools who are racing
  • NZRPG are offering a Derby Day Shopper’s prize
  • In2it Street Games will be at the Derby
  • Find sponsors, get Rotary dictionaries…
  • Food stalls needed
  • Video Award reminder

Newsletter #2: 10th February 2014
Contents include:

  • Practice sites
  • Practice checklist

Newsletter #1:4th February 2014
Contents include:

  • Key Dates
  • First Steps
  • Practice request (!!)
  • Carnival ideas

Video Award

Every year we make a short video of the Derby to upload to You Tube and our website. A Rotary Only video is… boring. We therefore seek input from the children involved to really make it interesting. And we offer PRIZES to all entrants!

LENGTH: 3 minutes

FORMAT: Suitable for upload to You Tube

CONTENT: Can contain video, slideshows of photos, logos, art work, interviews, voiceovers, music…
Let your imagination run wild!

LOCATIONS: School, Practice Days, Scruitineering and drivers safety briefing day
… Where your car goes take a camera/video camera

SPONSORS: Sponsors are important – without them we can’t have a Derby.
The Trusts and your own sponsor(s) provide the money to allow you to race – include their logos and help us promote them.

DEADLINE: Finish it by the end of Term 1, put it on YouTuve and send me the link.

If you would prefer to post a copy contact for address details and post it so we get it by Friday 25th April 2014

PRIZES: These will be awarded at our Thank You Night in Term 2.

We have two types of logos for you to use. Pick which set you want to use:

Logo on a black 720 x 576 screen



Shoppers Competition

Shop at the Westgate Outlet Stores on Derby Day and WIN!
Westgate Shopping Centre
click here for poster sized version




Soapbox Derby Dates 2014


Thursday 6th MarchWaitakere Rotary
Safety Briefing and Car check
Saturday 29th MarchWhangaparaoa Rotary
Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay
Sunday 16th MarchJOINT Race: Waitakere Rotary & Auckland East Rotary
Westgate Drive, Massey
Sunday 30th MarchNZ Soapbox Derby Finals
Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay
Sunday 23rd MarchWaitakere Rotary Rain Date
Westgate Drive, Massey
Wednesday 7th MayWaitakere Rotary
Thank You Night

Our NZ team went to Akron, Ohio in July – and came home with an award for our NZ Derby Director. Congratulations Terry

– you do amazing work.

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Meetings are held every Wednesday at 6pm but check our calender for our latest schedule.

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