Hall of Fame

Candidates may be considered for induction into the All-American Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame on the basis of significant contributions to the program by dedicating years of service to the organization, or as an ambassador, promoting the betterment of the sport and its participating young persons, or by supporting the youth racing program through financial or sponsorship contribution, enabling the continued growth of the youth racing program.

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Bill Harris HOF Photo

BILL HARRIS

Bill Harris has dedicated more than 40 years of volunteer service to make certain that Soap Box Derby champions, their families, dignitaries, program sponsors and other visitors are where they need to be throughout the Akron area during Race Week.  He began as a courtesy car driver in 1966, became assistant transportation crew chief in the late 1980s and since 2005, Bill Harris has been director of transportation.  His greatest reward comes from the appreciative smiles and thanks directed at the transportation crews from racers and their families.

Marty Sullivan HOF photo

MARTY SULLIVAN

Marty Sullivan's involvement in the Soap Box Derby dates back to 1960, when he first raced locally in New Hampshire. He won that race in 1964, and competed in the All-American Soap Box Derby representing New Hampshire.  For more than 40 years, Marty Sullivan has been a passionate volunteer on the local, regional and national levels.  He has promoted the growth of Soap Box Derby racing in the Northeast as a regional director since 1989, and also has served as president of his local organization and as an All-American inspector.  Hundreds of boys and girls have been able to experience the thrills and benefits of Soap Box Derby racing because of Marty Sullivan's decades of dedicated service to the youth program.

Ken Morros HOF photo

KEN MORROW

Ken Morrow became involved in Soap Box Derby racing when his son Jesse first competed in the Akron local in 1987. Since then, he has contributed in a wide variety of ways to the betterment of the Soap Box Derby program. He served on the Akron local board of directors from 1988 through 1991, was a board member of the All-American Soap Box Derby from 1994 through 2007, and has served on the national control board since 1992 and the rally commission since 2003.  Ken Morrow was instrumental in "connecting" the world to Derby Downs in 2000, when he helped establish the Internet team whose efforts have led to live webcasting of Race Week activities.  And, to encourage older youngsters and young adults to test their ingenuity in racer design and engineering, Ken Morrow helped to create the Ultimate Speed Challenge in 2004.

Previous Inductees

1997 - Myron E. Scott, Bain E. "Shorty" Fulton, Jim Schlemmer, Jimmy Stewart, Wilbur Shaw

1998 - John S. Knight, Mason Bell, George W. Brittain, Jim Ott, Howard Flood

1999 - Marie Wright, Ralph Barnes, Ralph Iula, Loris C. Troyer, Frank A. 'Whitey" Wahl

2000 - Bruce Bucholzer, Bob Gravett, Ron Baker

2001 - Don Lenox, Don Meech, Tom Kilroy, Ray Schieb

2002 - Bill Ford, Jack Morran, Bob Turner

2003 - Jim Underwood, Bob Troyer, Bill Kuntz

2004 - Don Adams, David J. Holly, Ira C. Sapozink, Ronald Reagan

2005 - Shirley Foster, Tony DeLuca, Paul Arnsmeyer, Roy Hartz

2006 - Bob Campbell, Herman "Tex" Finsterwald, Bruce Hunsicker, Jeff Iula

2007 - Bob Campbell, Jack Gormley, Bob McLaughlin, Jimmy Collier

2008 - Brooks Townsend, Don Huminsky, Ron Reed, Russ Kinsey

2009 - George Rodenbaugh, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic

2010 - Norm Perry

2011 - Jerry Van Waart, Pat Taylor

2012 - Dale Russell, Millie Esque, Jack Engelke