Louisiana Championship Soap Box Derby

10441298_875333185852972_4851563589457511263_nDerby Daze, the official Louisiana State Derby Car Championship, is sponsored by the City of Leesville in historic downtown Leesville every year.

The derby gives children ages 6­-17 an opportunity to build their own cars ­­ based on a specific plan and race them down Third Street using gravity as their only source of power.

Derby Daze was canceled in October 2022 due to rain forecast for the scheduled day. The 2022 event has been re-scheduled for April 22, 2023. The 2023 event is expected to be scheduled in the fall of the year as normal.

Categories of Racers:

There are two categories of racers, each using a very specific schematic. 

National Approved Racer -- racers built from kits that can be ordered from the National Soap Box Derby website.

Lulu Street Racer  -- cars built from scratch to the following specifications:

  • Wheels
12" x 1 3/4"  ---  tire rubber cannot be shaved t less than 1 3/4" width.
  • Max Weight
125 pounds without the driver
  • Chassis (Enclosure 1)
Length --- 76" - 82"
Width --- 18"
Girth --- 51" minimum
Axle Diameter --- 2" / Length 28"
Wheel Base --- 47" - 52"
Chassis --- 1/2" or 3/4" plywood or any solid wood chassis
  • Brakes
Foot operated.
  • Steering
Steering wheel with shaft and cables or ropes. Cables or ropes alone are not allowed.
  • Cables
All cables must be double clamped.
  • Seat
Must be hard mounted with no slide adjustment.
  • Body
Must fit the approved chassis, body design left up to crew and sponsor's artistic design, however, no artificial / additional weights may be added for any mechanical advantage and no nose gap.

For more information, please call Grant Bush at 337-404-4078.

2022 Sponsors:

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Merchants & Farmers Bank Opens in new windowVernon Parish Sheriff's Office Opens in new windowWhataburger

We are always seeking sponsors and vendors for our events. If you are interested in sponsoring any of our great events, please contact Grant Bush at 337-404-4078.