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.”
The event is now an annual favorite during homecoming week and sponsored by the Order of Omega. Registered student organizations build homemade cars and race them against each other.
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.