Family owned and operated since 1981
Garry created the DERBY GOKIT® to tackle the most difficult part of soapbox race construction, steering. He recognized that most families did not have the equipment necessary to make an automotive style steering mechanism. As a former school teacher, he also recognized that children benefit from all experiences with soapbox racers from the principles of design, exposure to basic construction skills and good natured racing.
Over the last 40 years, by specifying the use of DERBY GOKIT® as the basis of construction of all soapboxes in the race, organizers are assured that participants are on a level playing field. By keeping the build of a basic soapbox inexpensive (under $100USD delivered*), more children can participate. Garry Rogers' granddaughter, Emily Rogers, has taken over the day-to-day operation of the family business following his passing in July of 2023. The company continues to operate, just outside of Winnipeg, as a family business.
School, summer camp and corporate build events
Let's race! (For both gravity races and slalom we have you covered).
Service groups, communities, schools, churches and charitable organizations are often the main event organizers of these races. As such, community and team building, inclusivity, fairness, equality, education and, of course, fun are the main drivers. Many of the races incorporate some level of advertising and fundraising to offset the costs of the organizing the race.