Louisiana Championship Soap Box Derby

10441298_875333185852972_4851563589457511263_nDerby Daze, the official Louisiana State Derby Car Championship, is sponsored by the City of Leesville in historic downtown Leesville every year.

The derby gives children ages 6­-17 an opportunity to build their own cars ­­ based on a specific plan and race them down Third Street using gravity as their only source of power.

Categories of Racers:

There are two categories of racers, each using a very specific schematic. 

National Approved Racer -- racers built from kits that can be ordered from the National Soap Box Derby website.

Lulu Street Racer  -- cars built from scratch to the following specifications:

  • Wheels
12" x 1 3/4"  ---  tire rubber cannot be shaved t less than 1 3/4" width.
  • Max Weight
125 pounds without the driver
  • Chassis (Enclosure 1)
Length --- 76" - 82"
Width --- 18"
Girth --- 51" minimum
Axle Diameter --- 2" / Length 28"
Wheel Base --- 47" - 52"
Chassis --- 1/2" or 3/4" plywood or any solid wood chassis
  • Brakes
Foot operated.
  • Steering
Steering wheel with shaft and cables or ropes. Cables or ropes alone are not allowed.
  • Cables
All cables must be double clamped.
  • Seat
Must be hard mounted with no slide adjustment.
  • Body
Must fit the approved chassis, body design left up to crew and sponsor's artistic design, however, no artificial / additional weights may be added for any mechanical advantage and no nose gap.

For more information, please call Grant Bush at 337-404-4078.

2023 Sponsors:



We are always seeking sponsors and vendors for our events. If you are interested in sponsoring any of our great events, please contact Grant Bush at 337-404-4078.