NEWS: Bonkers Red Bull Soapbox Race Hits London
In honour of my late father-in-Law, Barry Coupland, who was a huge soapbox fan, creator of 'the Bentley boys' legendary downhill racing cart (see below) and would have loved the forthcoming Red Bull Soapbox Race 2013 at Alexandra Palace on July 14th... an update on the big fun, leftfield London city event run by Red Bull below:
The late, great, Barry Coupland giving it large in his 'Bentley' at Cadwell Park:
The vehicles, which each took three weeks to make, are made from BMX bicycle wheels and a steel axel steering mechanism. They were customized using plywood, polystyrene and cardboard tubing, and are covered in coloured plastazote foam with details such as number plates and other branding created using vinyl.
After a nine year hiatus, the world’s wackiest road race returns as 70 human-powered soapboxes compete for glory as part of a festival of music and fun. Judges Rob Marshall (Chief Designer at Red Bull Racing), Danny MacAskill (street trials pro-rider) and Gee Atherton (multi-award winning mountain biker) will be assessing entries on their speed, creativity and crowd-pleasing antics.
Entrants include a loaf of bread baked to soapbox size, Elvis’ blue suede shoe and a Royal baby carriage.
Off the race track, there will be plenty of action to keep the crowds entertained including face painting, ‘people pit-stops’ and live music from DJs.
Chief Designer at Red Bull Racing, Rob Marshall; street trials pro-rider, Danny MacAskill and multi-award winning mountain biker, Gee Atherton; will be the judges on the day.
The course opens to the public at 10.30am, racing commences at 12pm and the winner is crowned at 4pm.
Red Bull Soapbox Race 2013 is at Alexandra Palace on Sunday 14 July to book your £5 ticket please visit www.redbullsoapboxrace.co.uk.
Get involved. You've honestly not lived until you've seen a soapbox derby I promise! I've raced all sorts of drag, race and rally cars and my runs out in Barry's 'Bentley' at Cadwell Park still take some beating for that four-wheel buzz. Such fun.