Two weekends ago, the Red Bull Soap Box Derby made its way to Philadelphia PA. If you are not familiar with the Red Bull Soap Box Derby, let me quickly describe it for you. This is not your kid’s soap box race. This is a race of amateur adults riding in creatively designed and crafted soap box cars. They race down a street lined with hay and spectators cheering them on. The teams in Philadelphia ranged from “The Cheesesteak Chariot” to “The Weed Racer”.
From their site:
“Not to be confused with the youth soapbox derby, Red Bull Soapbox Race is a national race for amateur drivers, which is fueled by creativity and competitive fun – not to mention the need for speed. This unique non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.”
Rick lived only a few blocks away from the race in Manayunk, so we made sure to enjoy a few fine beverages before and after the event. And yes, it was an event. The pouring rain did not stop thousands of people coming out to see over 40 teams race down “The Wall” in Manayunk. Philadelphia’s own Mayor Michael Nutter lead the event off by one of the first racers down the hill in the official Red Bull Soap Box car while Preston and Steve did commentary over the race. It was a lot of fun walking through pit row and checking out the different designs and then watching the teams fly down the hill only to crash at the end.
Team Deuces Wild won the Red Bull Soap Box Derby race in their tricked out baby carriage by completing race in 44.5 seconds! Team Great Scott came in second with their Back to the Future theme and the People’s Choice award went to the Dr. Strangebox team from Vermont. If the Derby comes to your city, I highly recommend it. I can’t wait for next year.
Hey Philly Photos (taken by Rick Boyer)
Red Bull Soap Box Derby – Philadelphia, PA 2008
Fox Philadelphia Recap Video