Kendall Soapbox Derby in Bend Oregon2022-07-19T11:38:51-07:00


Join Kendall Auto Group for the inaugural Kendall Auto Soap Box Derby! We are inviting community members, local businesses and non-profits, high school teams, and anyone else who may want to participate in an exciting new charity event!

Teams will build and design their very own soap box car to race in the event. Each car will be judged based off creativity of design, a performance prior to the race, and how fast they complete the course!

You! All local non-profits, Kendall employees and community members from local businesses, high schools, etc.

Teams will build and design their very own soap box car to race in the event. Each car will be judged based off creativity of design, a performance prior to the race, and how fast they complete the course!

July 23rd, 2022, 5 – 9 PM

OSU Cascades Campus

The Kendall Auto Soap Box Derby is a fundraiser for local non-profits and is the first of many community charity events! Non-profits have the opportunity to compete for their organization. Local businesses, community groups/teams, and Kendall Auto staff can choose a nonprofit to represent. Upon completion of the event, 50% of the prize money will go to nonprofits and 50% will go to your team!

**Teams can choose to keep or donate the other 50% of their prize money.

Spectator Schedule

5:00pm – 6:00pm Soap Box Car Show
6:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner and games! Grab some food or a drink from your favorite food truck, play summer yard games, and enjoy the soap box derby.
8:00pm – 8:30pm Awards Ceremony

Where can I see what a soap box race looks like?2022-05-03T14:08:50-07:00

Check out this video to see what race day could look like!


Fastest Soapbox Car Wins

What is a soap box derby?2022-04-29T12:34:00-07:00

The soap box derby is a motorless car race. The cars only accelerate with the help of gravity. The slope of the hill helps propel the cars around corners or through obstacles without using an engine or motor. All soap box cars are built by the teams, and each must have functioning brakes and steering. Cars start on a ramp at the top of a hill with 2-3 racers going per run. When the cars are released, racers maneuver down the course trying to be the fastest team to the finish line!

Who can do this?2022-04-28T15:18:49-07:00

Anyone can do this.


We’re so excited you want to participate! Please reference this for everything you need to know about race day! Let’s get started!

Step 1: Fill out the Entry Form

Step 2: Build it

Step 3: Show up and win all the glory!

Our panel of celebrity judges will score each soap box car based on 3 categories:

1. The creativity and design of the car
2. A performance put on before the individual or team gets in their car to race
3. Time (how quickly they reach the finish line)
*The amount teams raise for their non-profit prior to the event will be our tie-breaker if necessary!

After the race, scores will be totaled according to the judging criteria. Kendall Cares will be donating $10,000 as prize money to be allocated to the top 3 finishers’ selected nonprofits and the winning teams!

1st place – $5,000 ($2,500 to your chosen nonprofit and $2,500 to your team!)

2nd place – $3,000 ($1,500 to your chosen nonprofit and $1,500 to your team!)

3rd place – $2,000 ($1,000 to your chosen nonprofit and $1,000 to your team!)

1. NO pyrotechnics, fire, fireworks, candy, ice, or anything that may cause a dangerous track, may be thrown from the car at any time.
2. No smoke, chalk, mirror, or vision-impairing props.
3. NO Alcohol – drinking and driving do not mix.
4. NO Texting or operating a cell phone while driving.

1. Each team must sign a waiver before entering. .
2. Teams are limited to five members total. Three team members maximum may sit in the car. Two members not seated in
the car can be a pushers. All five team members can be involved in the pre-race performance.
a. Once the car is in motion, no jumping into the car is permitted; this includes the pushers.
3. Each team will be allowed a 10-yd push at the start line by one designated pusher. The pusher cannot step over the
start line.
4. Cars must be gravity-powered. No kinetics, wind, propulsion, engines, or other means of acceleration are allowed.
5. Cars must have functional brakes.
a. We recommend testing your brakes in a variety of scenarios before you hit the race course!
b. Your brakes will be tested by Kendall Auto technicians; cars that are deemed unsafe will not be allowed to
compete (You will be able to bring them into our dealership and test a week before the derby).
6.. “Face-first” driving position is not allowed – head and body must stay in car.
a. Your face cannot extend past the front bumper of your car.
b. Steering controls must be in front of all members inside the car (drivers and passengers).
7. Helmets are required. No bike helmets allowed, these must be DOT or motorcycle style helmets for your safety.
8.. Arms and legs must remain in the car at all times.
9. NO exposed sharp edges are allowed.
a. Sheet metal edges must be folded over or hemmed
10. Cars must have at least two wheels in contact with the track at all times.
11. Maximum car dimensions:
a. May not exceed 5 feet or 60 inches in width
b. May not exceed 12 feet or 144 inches in length
c. May not exceed 8 feet or 96 inches in height
d. May not exceed 500 pounds in weight
12. You can have a push pole but it cannot exceed 10 feet.
13. Luges or skateboards do NOT qualify as a derby car. Additionally, teams are not permitted to used skateboard or
caster wheels.

Participant Event Schedule

10:00am – 4:00pm Soap Box drop-off at OSU Cascades
4:00pm – 5:00pm Steering and brake checks with Kendall Auto Technicians
5:00pm – 6:00pm Soapbox Car Show – Cars to be judged by celebrity panel;
spectators to get a closer look soap box designs
6:00pm – 8:00pm Kendall Auto Soap Box Derby
8:00pm – 8:30pm Awards Ceremony
9:00pm Cleanup begins. All Soap box cars must be taken off premises

How do I build a DIY Soapbox Car?2022-04-29T13:41:23-07:00

DIY Soap Box

Fastest Soapbox Car Wins


Where can I see what a soap box race looks like?2022-05-03T14:08:50-07:00

Check out this video to see what race day could look like!


Fastest Soapbox Car Wins


These are the participating teams and the beneficiaries they will be donating to.

TEAM 1: Toyota Rascals

Organization: Kendall Toyota of Bend
Nonprofit Competing for: Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington provides access to medical care, a home away from home, and a community of support for seriously ill or injured children and their families. The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values: Lead with compassion. Focus on the critical needs of children.

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TEAM 2: Macaw

Organization: Mercedes-Benz of Bend
Nonprofit Competing For: Guardian Group

Guardian Group’s mission is to prevent and disrupt the sex trafficking of women and children while enabling partners to identify victims and predators in the United States. Guardian Group’s team utilizes the skills and expertise of elite veteran intelligence analysts to identify and locate women and minors who are victims of sex trafficking. Our support assists local, state, and federal law enforcement in recovering these victims. We provide training at no cost to law enforcement agencies in order to ensure they have the most up to date techniques used by sex traffickers. Further, we provide training to hotels, hospitals, and other venues in order to inoculate communities against sex trafficking.

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Organization: Kendall Volkswagen of Bend
Nonprofit Competing For: Special Olympics Oregon

Special Olympics Oregon brings year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with
intellectual disabilities. Through the challenges and triumphs of real competition, we serve Oregon’s largest disability
population by celebrating their abilities. And by competing, athletes experience life-changing opportunities to improve
physical fitness, learn everyday life skills and connect more closely to their communities.

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TEAM 4: High Desert Droids

Organization: Mountain View High School Robotics
Nonprofit Competing For: Heart of Oregon

Heart of Oregon:

We are a Central Oregon non-profit engaging local opportunity youth, ages 16-24. Every year, we provide job skills training, education, and leadership development to over 300 local young people who face major barriers to success. We are empowering a generation of young people to believe in themselves and achieve self-sufficiency.

Learn More:

Mountain View HS Robotics:

We are a group of students and mentors from Central Oregon participating in the FIRST (For inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC). FIRST is an international organization that puts on robotics competitions for students of all ages. Our team is made up of machinists, programmers, engineers, web designers, marketers, artists, and much more. We come together to build a robot, have some fun, learn and try to do something cool every day.

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TEAM 5: Chaos Theory

Organization: Summit HS Robotics
Nonprofit Competing For: Summit HS Robotics

Summit High School Robotics is a non-profit organization based out of Bend, Oregon focused on providing high schoolers with experience to prepare them for the workforce in areas that they would not normally be exposed to. The club designs and constructs a new robot yearly and competes with other teams around the Pacific Northwest and Internationally. They work with the Central Oregon Community to provide STEM outreach and inspire the future generation of engineers.

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TEAM 6: Awful Knowfel

Organization: Kendall Ford of Bend/Collision Center
Nonprofit Competing For: KIDS Center

KIDS Center is dedicated to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of child abuse. KIDS Center is a medical model Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) providing child abuse evaluations that include a head-to-toe medical exam, child-friendly forensic interview, family advocacy, and mental health services to children and families impacted by abuse. In addition, our services include prevention programs to help teach adults in our community how to better protect children from abuse.

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Smith Rock BMX Pirates

TEAM 7: Smith Rock BMX Pirates

Organization: Smith Rock BMX
Nonprofit Competing For: Redmond Family Bicycle Park dba Smith Rock BMX

Our mission is to enhance the lives of children, adults, and families through exercise and community by providing a safe and fun environment where everyone gets the most from BMX racing to forever guide them in a positive direction.

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TEAM 8: Prineville Pack Rats

Organization: Kendall Ford of Prineville
Nonprofit Competing For: Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers is a Non-Political group of Veterans from all eras and all services. Our purpose is to support our Veteran brothers and sisters and to share fellowship.

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Bend Education Foundation

TEAM 9: Team Mach Schnell

Organization: Porsche of Bend
Nonprofit Competing For: Bend Education Foundation

Working in partnership with the Bend-La Pine School district, the Foundation Board establishes funding priorities to address unfunded or underfunded needs in our schools. Programs are structured to grant awards to students, teachers, and schools to significantly impact and enrich students’ educational journeys.

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TEAM 10: The Junkless Squad

Organization: Live Junkless
Nonprofit Competing For: YoungLife Bend

Young Life’s mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

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Humane Society of Central Oregon

TEAM 11: American Snapper

Organization: SunWest Builders
Nonprofit Competing For: Humane Society of Central Oregon

The Humane Society of Central Oregon’s (HSCO) mission is to strengthen the human-animal bond by advocating and compassionately caring for animals.

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TEAM 12: Summer Camp

Organization: Beaver Coach Sales
Nonprofit Competing For: Boys & Girls Club

We provide youth opportunities for growth that inspire and empower them to reach their full potential in the classroom, at home, and in our community.

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