What is the NDR?
The National Derby Rallies, Inc. (The NDR) is a soap box derby racing group, organized in 1977 for the purpose of fostering individual development in youths through a structured program of soap box derby-type racing and related activities. The program was designed to give families involved in gravity powered, amateur-built race cars, numerous opportunities to race throughout the year. This was accomplished by developing rules and regulations for sanctioned racing on a nationwide scale. Rules and procedures were established to assure a reasonable level of uniform racing conditions across the nation. With many derby racing groups from coast to coast hosting NDR sanctioned races, opportunities exist across the nation for families to race nearly every weekend at locations within reasonable driving distances from their homes.NDR sanctioned races are held across the United States and Canada nearly every weekend from Easter to Thanksgiving. The highlight of the year is the NDR National Championship held over an entire exciting week. Racers travel from across the nation for a week of racing fun and a chance to win the title of “NDR National Champion.” Over a few special weekends each year, our Regional Championship Series races are held. These are national caliber races held close to home, with the top three finishers in each division earning prequalified a spot in the NDR National Championship Finals.
Designed for Family Involvement
NDR promotes family involvement in all aspects of the program. The adult-youth relationship is enhanced from the early stages of planning a race car, through its construction, to travel experiences on the race circuit, the excitement of the points chase and the National Championships.Drivers are not required under NDR rules to drive only the cars they have built. When one child outgrows a race car, a family is encouraged to involve others by recruiting a younger brother, a younger sister, or a friend to participate using the same car.Volunteer involvement is also a vital part of the NDR program, from the manpower needs associated with planning and running a race up to serving at the national level on the NDR Board of Directors. The NDR has no paid employees.
FOUR RACING DIVISIONS
There are presently four divisions (classes) which make up the NDR’s racing program. Criteria for participating in each of these divisions is based primarily on the driver’s age and the type and design of the race car being used. The following is a brief description of each division, but the current NDR Rule Book should be consulted for complete details: