The 2018 Orange Crate Derby August 18 & 19

The 2017 Orange Crate Derby was the best one yet! Thank you to all the families who came out to race and to all the volunteers who have been working for the past 6 months to get the race organized!

Plan now to join us next August! There is lots of information on this website about racing, building a car or enjoying the race as a spectator. Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary is the sponsor and host of the race. We'd love to have you join us and to volunteer so that community kids and families can have a great day of racing!  Take a look at what the Orange Crate Derby is like!

Orange Crate Derby 2017 PROMO from Y-Knot Collective on Vimeo.

Congratulations to the winners in our 3 age groups:

2017 A Group Winners

2017 A Group Winners

A Group - 7-8 year old Winners for 2017
Spirit - First Place

Arrow of Light - Second Place

Midnight Cruiser - Third Place

2017 B Group Winners

2017 B Group Winners

B Group - 9-10 year old Winners for 2017

Road Rash - First Place

Slow Pok 1 - Second Place

Black Bullet - Third Place

2017 C Group Winners

2017 C Group Winners

C Group - 11-12 year old Winners for 2017
The Flash - First Place

Shooting Star - Second Place

Spitfire - Third Place


Photos from the Orange Crate Derby Race 2017:


Come join the fun!

This is a wonderful family event that's been going on in the Chula Vista/Bonita area for over 37 years! Kids, ages 7-12, race in home-built, wooden, gravity powered cars down a hill in Chula Vista, California. Spectators are welcome!


Build your own car or buy a car. We have build a car clinics where you can get expert help along the way. We have old cars available for sale if you are just getting into the race or don't have the time and tools to make your own right now. These cars can be painted by your kids and named. Some of the cars need various degrees of repair but some are former champions! We are not offering community cars for 2018. Contact Bob Lechner at


If you're interested in volunteering or sponsoring the 2018 Orange Crate Derby contact race organizer Trish Rogers at or call 207-8802.

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Download a flyer about the race to share with a friend or post at your school or church!


Channel 10's Joe Little had 2 racers in the 2016 Orange Crate Derby. Here is a look at their experience.

Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities

This is a community event! Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary organizes volunteers and sponsorship of the race. If you're interested in helping out or joining us in 2018 please email race organizer Trish Rogers at or call 207-8802. We have opportunities for volunteers ages 15 and up.