The 2017 Orange Crate Derby August 19 & 20


We're excited about the Orange Crate Derby Race coming up this summer! Practice day is August 19th and Race day is August 20th. There is lots of information here 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!

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


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

Come join the fun!

This is a wonderful family event that's been going on in the Chula Vista/Bonita area for over 36 years! Kids, ages 7-14, 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 2017. Contact Bob Lechner at


If you're interested in volunteering or sponsoring the 2017 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!


Congratulations to the winners in our 4 age groups:

A Group - 7-8 year old Winners for 2016A Group Winners
Freedom Racer

Gypsy Danger

Happy Camper Express




B Group - 9-10 year old Winners for 2016B Group Winners

Freedom Racer

Big Blue

The Flash




C Group - 11-12 year old Winners for 2016C group winners
Freedom Racer

Speed Reader

Shooting Star




D Group - 13-14 year old Winners for 2016D Group Winners

Ocean Bear

Speedy Bear





Photos from the Orange Crate Derby Race 2016:


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 2017 please email race organizer Trish Rogers at or call 207-8802. We have opportunities for volunteers ages 15 and up.