How I Saw It

My Photographic Memory of the Soap Box Derby

by Bill Ignizio, Jeff Iula

Pages: 125

Size: 11 x 8.5

SKU: 978-1-935603-07-8 Category: Tags: , ,


Jeff Iula grew up around the Soap Box Derby. His memories of  the race events over the past forty years are a treasure trove of the history of the gravity race, but also other aspects of the the Derby Downs race that are rarely covered. Aided by writer, Bill Ignizio, Iula has delved into his collection of Derby memorabilia to identify the most compelling images of cars and contestants, programs and tickets, and celebrities and ceremonies. This collection is unique and informative. A must for Soap Box Derby fans.

About the authors

Bill Ignizio has co-authored two books and has written articles for The New York Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Outdoor Life and Akron Life & Leisure.

Jeff Iula, the longest serving All-American Soap Box Derby general manager in the history of the 76 year-old race, has served as an expert commentator for or has been interviewed on The Today ShowWide World of Sports, ESPN, PBS, CBS, HBO, Fox News, A&E, and numerous other networks. He has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, New York Daily News, Sports Illustrated, Car & Driver, and other publications.

Additional information


Ohio History and Culture


Bill Ignizio, Jeff Iula

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soap box derby; gravity grand prix; car racing; akron history

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