At the 75th anniversary of the All American Soap box Derby the Portage County Soap Box Derby was recognized as the best race city in America.  The regional directors voted for the county organization because it has increased the number of races in the last four years, their innovative ideas — such as cruise-in car shows, celebrity racing, the new moth balls racing (derby cars built before 1977), visitations to many organizations and functions around the county. All of these activities invite more racers to participate.
Pictured above are Joe Mazur All American CEO, Portage president Dean Olson , Kelly Heritage Portage race director (receiving the award) and Bill Gunther.