Return of the Soap Box Derby!

With Thomas Eyssell and the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby
| 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Cedar Street

Get ready for the Thrill on the Hill, also known as the Gravity Grand Prix! Soapbox racing returns to Washington for the first time since 1964. Witness a sport that is 100% gravity-powered, bolstered by STEM learning, and rooted in family and community. Grab your spot on the sidewalk to watch exciting racing action, and then check out the soapbox cars up close at the car show nearby. This event is sponsored by Modern Auto.

Thomas Eyssell


Thomas Eysell

Thomas Eyssell has been a Professor of Finance and Legal Studies at the University of Missouri St. Louis for over thirty years, and a car guy for nearly fifty. His love of automobiles began with his work as a mechanic in the early 1970s, and continues to this day. He co-authored of They Will Run: The Golden Age of Automobiles in St. Louis with fellow car enthusiast and historian Molly Butterworth. He currently has four 1960s muscle cars in his garage and is always looking to add to the fleet.
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Washington, MO, August 25–27

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