Louisiana Championship Soap Box Derby

Derby Daze, the official Louisiana State Derby Car Championship, is sponsored by the Lulu Street Racers 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.

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:

Wheels12" x 1 3/4"  ---  tire rubber cannot be shaved t less than 1 3/4" width.
Max Weight125 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
BrakesFoot operated.
SteeringSteering wheel with shaft and cables or ropes. Cables or ropes alone are not allowed.
CablesAll cables must be double clamped.
SeatMust be hard mounted with no slide adjustment.
BodyMust 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.

Derby Daze was canceled in October 2022 due to rain forecast for the scheduled day. We hope to re-schedule it soon. 

2022 Sponsors:

VFW #3106 Opens in new windowDairy Queen Opens in new window


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

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