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, specifically, to promote and conduct a gravity racing program for children. 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 two NDR rally races and an All-American SBD local race 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, senior adult races, 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.


Harris County Pct. 3
Fun Days, Super Kids & Sr. Adult Races

H2B, Inc.      

Texas Top Gun Series & Super Kids

Officers / Board Members:

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

Advisory Directors:

  • Bob Fenimore
  • Katye Miller
  • Chris Higginbotham
  • Tom Wright
  • Kathy Higginbotham
  • Steven Stolz
  • Ken Cline
  • Kirby Caldwell 

Local & National Organizations:

Harris County Pct. 3

(Commissioner Tom Ramsey)

Hockley Derby Park Provider


National Derby Rallies, Inc.

Sanctioning Org & Rules for Rally Races

Super Kids

National Super Kids Classic

Sanctioning Org for Special Needs Children Races