Gravity Racing for Kids & Adults

Mission Statement - Chartered in 1994, Greater Houston Soap Box Derby (GHSBD) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit, Texas corporation organized for charitable and educational purposes. We are dedicated to having a race program that is safe, fun, fair, professionally run, and that reaches out to all Houston area families.

The Early Days -  Current board members Byron, Rick and Harry (in photo) were part of the original group that organized the GHSBD back in the early '90s. The only hill available in Houston in those days was a railroad overpass on Westpark Drive just inside the loop. GHSBD held three races (2 NDR rallies + AASBD local) each year plus added Super Kids races in the later years.

Hockley Derby Park - GHSBD assisted Harris County Pct. 3 with the planning and design phases of the hill. Since moving to the derby park in 2010, GHSBD has been able to expand our events to include races for special needs children, family fun days, driver training, practice days and more. GHSBD volunteers maintain a variety of derby cars provided by the county and donors for use at all our events. 

  NOTE: As of 2022, the Hockley Derby Park is now part of Harris County Pct. 4.  

Harris County Pct. 3

Harris County Precinct Four

Hockley Derby Park Management

Co-Sponsor of Public Fun Days & Super Kids

Corporate Sponsors:

Texas Top Gun Series & Super Kids

Officers / Board Members:

  • Rick Higginbotham - President
  • Ken Bryant - Vice President
  • Mary Griffin - Treasurer
  • Harry Harwood - Corresponding Secretary 
  • Byron Gumienny
  • Greg Kerr 
  • Megan Loh

IT Director: David Stolz

Advisory Directors:

  • Bob Fenimore
  • Katye Miller - McGinnis
  • Kathy Higginbotham
  • John Bray
  • Chris Higginbotham
  • Ken Cline

Honorary Grand Marshal

Student Volunteer Service Hours

Student Volunteer Coordinator: Megan Loh

National Organizations:


National Derby Rallies, Inc.

Sanctioning Org & Rules for Rally Races

Super Kids

National Super Kids Classic

Sanctioning Org for Special Needs Children Races