The San Francisco Red Bull Soapbox Race
This past Saturday was the San Francisco Redbull Soapbox Race. 35 Teams assembled soapbox cars that were meant to be powered by gravity alone as they rolled down the hill of Dolores Park. No engines were allowed to be installed in the cars. Each team was required to give a skit right before they went down the hill. The goal of the cars was to achieve speed, style, and showmanship.
Some of the soapbox cars were very detailed in their decorations. This car was a model of the Future San Francisco Earthquake on wheels.
More of the race after the jump…
These guys drove the Death Star.
(Overheard on the speakers)
Host: As the only female crew member, how did you contribute to the team?
Male Princess Leah: I walked around topless.
Host: Well I’m gonna go right now because it looks like Darth Vader is violating you.
I situated myself right at the jump because I thought that’s where all the action would be. Unfortunately, there was not that much action, but I did get some pretty sick shots.
This guy was bad ass. He didn’t just sit in his car. He RODE it, like a motorcycle, or a horse, or a TREE.
These buffed-up beefcakes probably gathered the most fanfare. They’re skit was mediocre but they had style points. Right before, they rolled down the hill, they set off flares.
And their car was literally smoking the whole way down.
All 60,000 fans approved! Yes there was at least 60,000 in attendance.
And so did the judges!
As I walked back to my car, I saw a couple of folks on their grind.