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Soap Box Derby

Students in homemade box cars race down a hill.


Originally sponsored by the Interfraternity Council, the Soap Box Derby has been held since 1967. 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."

In 2017, the Soap Box Derby celebrated its 50th anniversary and new site location. This event continues to attract a large number of students and creates a unique homecoming activity.

The Derby Today

The event is now an annual favorite during Homecoming Week and sponsored by Pride & Traditions — a committee under the LBJ Student Center. Students 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.

There are currently 5 brackets: Chartered Student Organizations, Registered Student Organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Organizations, Residence Halls, and Individuals.