2024 Kendall Soapbox Derby in Bend Oregon2024-06-14T11:20:31-07:00
2023 Kendall Auto Soapbox Derby in Bend, Oregon
2023 Kendall Auto Soapbox Derby in Bend, Oregon
July 20th, 2024 | 12:00PM - 6:30PM | Bend, Oregon
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ABOUT KENDALL SOAPBOX DERBY

It’s time to build! Join Kendall Auto Group for the third annual Soapbox Derby at River’s Edge Golf Course! We are inviting our community, local businesses & nonprofit organizations, high school teams, and beyond to participate in an event benefiting our local charities. Build a gravity-powered Soapbox car, choose a theme, and identify what nonprofit you will be splitting your prize money with.

All are welcome! Nonprofit organizations, local businesses, high school teams, Kendall Auto team, friends & family, and beyond!
Not building a car? Come join us to support the teams competing, vote on your favorite cars, and enjoy food, drinks, and activities with your family and friends.
Grab some team members & build a gravity powered Soapbox car! You will be judged on the design & creativity of the car, and how fast you make it down the hill. Lastly, choose a beneficiary you will split your prize money with.

July 20th, 2024 | 12:00PM – 6:30PM

11:00AM – 2:00PM: Soapbox Check-in! (Teams Only)
12:00PM – 2:00PM: Kendall Car Show on Hole #1
2:00PM – 3:00PM: Soapbox Car Show & Spectator Judging | Food, Bars, & Activities begin!
3:00PM – 5:30PM: Time Trials & Racing
5:30PM – 6:30PM: Awards & Celebration

River’s Edge Golf Course
400 NW Pro Shop Dr, Bend, OR, 97703

The Kendall Auto Soapbox Derby was designed to create memorable & impactful experiences for our community while giving back to our local nonprofit organizations. Kendall Cares will be donating up to $10,000 between the top 3 teams (Up to $5000 for 1st, up to $3000 for 2nd, and up to $2000 for 3rd)*. Teams are required to choose a beneficiary that they will donate 50% of their winnings to, and can choose to keep or donate the other 50%.

*Kendall will be putting $500 in the prize pot per car entered. Encourage your friends to compete and watch the prize money go up!

SCHEDULE

11:00AM – 2:00PM: Soapbox Check-in! (Teams Only)
12:00PM – 2:00PM: Kendall Car Show on Hole #1
2:00PM – 3:00PM: Soapbox Car Show & Spectator Judging | Food, Bars, & Activities begin!
3:00PM – 5:30PM: Time Trials & Racing
5:30PM – 6:30PM: Awards & Celebration
Where can I see what a soapbox race looks like?2024-05-30T15:06:03-07:00

Check out our two previous Soapbox Derby highlights and these other fun soapbox car videos

 

 

 

What is a soapbox derby?2024-05-30T15:06:48-07:00

The Soapbox 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 teams, and each must have functioning brakes and steering. Teams are limited to 5 members total and three team members maximum may sit in the car. The rest of the team members who are not driving can be pushers in the 10 yd. push zone!

Check out the cars from our 2023 Soapbox Derby!

PARTICIPATE

Step 1: Grab your team & choose a theme.

Step 2: Fill out the entry form.

Step 3: Build it!

Step 4: Choose your nonprofit beneficiary.

Step 5: Show up and win all the glory!

Your total score will be based on –

  1. The design and creativity of your car, judged by the spectators
  2. Time – We will start with a time trial and seed the teams after that
  3. Bonus: Add in a performance before you start racing and earn bonus points for your overall score
Kendall Cares will be donating $10,000 between the top 3 teams. At least 50% of your winnings must go to your chosen nonprofit, and your team can choose to keep or donate the other 50%
• First place – $5000
• Second Place – $3000
• Third Place – $2000

*Kendall will be putting $500 in the prize pot per car entered. Encourage your friends to compete, and watch the prize money go up!

  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 & driving do not mix
  4. NO texting or operating a cell phone while driving
1. Each team must sign a waiver before competing at check-in.
2. Teams are limited to 5 members total on the course. Three team members maximum may sit in the car. The rest of the team members who are not driving can be pushers in the 10 yard push zone at the start.

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 are welcome 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 10 feet or 120 inches in length
c. May not exceed 6 feet or 72 inches in height
d. May not exceed 300 pounds in weight (Soapbox only, this does not include weight of driver)
* All Soapbox cars will be weighed prior to time trials
e. If you would like us to tow your car back to the top of the hill between runs, please add some sort of tow attachment

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.

How do I build a DIY Soapbox Car?2023-08-21T12:03:02-07:00

DIY Soap Box

Where can I see what a soapbox race looks like?2024-05-30T15:06:03-07:00

Check out our two previous Soapbox Derby highlights and these other fun soapbox car videos

 

 

 

How can my team/organization make an impact?2024-06-03T07:10:25-07:00

• If you are a nonprofit, grab your volunteers & build a Soapbox! With this option, your organization keeps 100% of the proceeds for the resources and initiatives you support our community with
• If you are not a nonprofit, build a team and choose the beneficiary you are competing on behalf of. Split your earnings with the organization you would like to support. If you are not sure who you would like to support, reach out to the contact provided below.

BENEFICIARIES

These are the participating teams and the beneficiaries they will be donating to. Check back soon to see the additional teams that are joining!

TEAM 1: Down Hill Gravity

Organization: Jim Wade
Nonprofit Competing For: Chaos Theory Summit HS Robotics Team

Summit High School Robotics is a high school robotics team based in Central Oregon. We give students the opportunity to develop hands-on, real-world skills in engineering, programming, business, and more. Their FIRST Robotics (FRC) team is part of the PNW district and has competed with teams from around the world.

Learn More: https://summitrobotics.com/

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TEAM 2: Soldiers of Jah Audi

Organization: Audi Bend
Nonprofit Competing For: Hanai Foundation

The Hanai Foundation’s vision is to become a community hub where individuals and groups can consciously connect, learn, and grow together. They are a home to a variety of community events, classes, and workshops in the areas of holistic health and wellness, creative arts, healing arts, nature-based therapies, cultural learning, and more – hosted by some of the most gifted and passionate facilitators in Central Oregon.

Learn More: https://hanaifoundation.org/

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TEAM 3: Forge Fury

Organization: Forge School
Nonprofit Competing For: Forge School

Instead of asking if a child is smart, FORGE School asks how a child is smart. The purpose is to build next generation leaders with the core capabilities of storytelling, problem solving, and prototyping. Forge is structured as a studio-centric model that ignites passions, taps into potential, and ultimately develops mastery to build the leaders of tomorrow.

Learn More: https://www.forge.school/

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TEAM 4: OAS

Organization: Oregon Adaptive Sports
Nonprofit Competing For: Oregon Adaptive Sports

In 1996, passionate members of the local community came together to create access to adaptive ski opportunities for their family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities. Today, Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) is a premiere adaptive sports foundation in the Pacific Northwest providing a range of year-round programs. OAS creates access to over 2,000 high quality outdoor experiences each year to more than 400 unique individuals. Oregon Adaptive Sports envisions a day when every person with a disability has access to the benefits of outdoor recreation.

Learn More: https://oregonadaptivesports.org/

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TEAM 5: Ghost

Organization: Kendall Ford of Prineville
Nonprofit Competing For: High Desert Food & Farm Alliance

The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance was developed to address the barriers and challenges with food access and production in the high desert region of Central Oregon. HDFFA believes that everyone deserves good food, and define good food as affordable, nutritious, and culturally preferred food that is easily accessible and sustainably produced in Central Oregon.

Learn More: https://hdffa.org/

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TEAM 6: Super Mario Bros

Organization: Porsche Bend
Nonprofit Competing For: Cascade Canine Rescue East & West

CCR East & West rescues and re-homes canines and felines from high-kill shelters. They are a team of volunteers that are passionate about saving lives and addressing pet overpopulation through spay/neuter and education.

Learn More: https://www.ccrewdog.org/

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TEAM 7: Ren’s Dreamhouse

Organization: Kendall Ford of Bend
Nonprofit Competing For: Every Kid Sports

Every Kid Sports provides youth sports grants to kids from income-restricted families so that they too can experience the positive benefits of playing. EKS help kids play youth sports through The Every Kid Sports Pass, which means through donors & partners, they pay, and the kids play.

Learn More: https://everykidsports.org/

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