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Soap Box Derby

Students in homemade box cars race down a hill.

History

Originally sponsored by the Interfraternity Council, the Soap Box Derby has been held since 1967. Dr. Billy J. Hinton, IFC advisor, said of the first event in 1967, "The derby attracted more students than any single activity on campus this semester.”

In an interview in the October 27, 1967 issue of the College Star, Dr. Billy J. Hinton (IFC Advisor, 1967) said "the derby attracted more students than any single activity on campus this semester.  We hope to sponsor another derby in the spring."

The Derby  Today

The event is now an annual favorite during homecoming week and sponsored by the Order of Omega. Students build homemade cars and race them against each other. There are three brackets: Registered Student Organizations, Greek, and Residence Halls.

Cars are launched from a large ramp at the top of a hill and stopped by gravity, brakes or, as a last resort, safety hay bales.