- Just for Fun division -- Allows anyone to enter and with a few exceptions that are listed in the official rules, anything goes in terms of the style and design of the car.
- Competitive division -- More for the true Soap Box Derby enthusiast with strict guidelines for the race car.
Mayberry Countdown: Downhill Derby to Provide Thrills in Ellis Park
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:26 PM by David Ayers
Growing up, I was always fascinated by soap box racing. There was something cool about the kids who built – and raced – those cars. For me and my friends, the closest any of us ever came to racing downhill like that were the times when we would ride our bikes over to a local park that had one of those tracks, and we would stage our own races. I had a black and orange ‘Dragster’ bike with a banana seat, and I sure had a good time acting as though I was one of those guys in the Soap Box Derby. If this kind of racing sounds like fun, you’ll want to mark May 17 & 18 on your calendar and plan on entering the first-ever Mayberry Downhill Derby during the Mayberry in the Midwest festival at Ellis Park, 600 E. Main St., Danville. The derby is a gravity-powered downhill race for ages 8 and older – including adults – and is one of the featured activities during the inaugural Mayberry in the Midwest. The festival is a fun-filled, two-day event in Danville to pay homage to the fictional town of Mayberry, as portrayed in The Andy Griffith Show. The entry fee is just $25 for the Mayberry Downhill Derby, and there are two categories with two age divisions in each category (Ages 8-16 make up one division and ages 17 and up the other):