Racing Returns To La Mesa Street

LA MESA -- Kids who entered the first La Mesa Soap Box Derby 11 years ago could be married with kids of their own by now. “Isn’t that an amazing thought,” quips Derby Director Steve Blake, who has participated in the La Mesa Kiwanis Club community service event every year, and is looking forward to Saturday, May 17, for the 14th Annual Drew Ford/Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Soap Box Derby.

First-place winners of three divisions – stock, super-stock and masters –will be sent to compete in the National All-American Soap Box Races at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio, July 26.

After registration, weigh-in and bracket assignments, gravity-powered racers will begin to speed down Junior High Drive next to La Mesa Middle School by 9 a.m. Competition will continue into mid-afternoon and close with trophy presentations.

Blake expects the to attract 20-30 entrants from Southern California and Arizona. Boys and girls ages 7 to 18 are eligible to enter. In addition to the annual local race in May, the club conducts two days of derby rally races every November.

Heralded as “a Classic American Tradition,” Soap Box Derby actively promotes the core values of teamwork, the spirit of competition, perseverance and an emphasis on family, Blake said.

To enter or to order a derby car kit, or to sponsor a car, or to support the event with advertising or banners, contact Blake at 619-461-1608. For more information go to

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