Soapbox Racing, Romanian style

Posted by - October 13, 2014 | Category: The Yard

Red Bull Soapbox Race, Bucharest Romania

Sometimes, acting like a big kid is okay. And there were plenty of big kids out for some fun in Bucharest recently for the Red Bull Soapbox Race 2014.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania, September 2014

Fifty-one contestants poured their sweat and creativity into fashioning custom soapbox racers out of old bicycles, shopping carts, dune buggies, and whatever other discarded junk showed potential. The fastest time didn’t automatically guarantee a win (just ask the folks behind the Moby Dick entry – they made down the hill in the shortest amount of time, but didn’t even place in the Top 3.) Entries were judged on a three separate criteria: speed, creativity, and artistic expression.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- high heel shoe racer design

The stage show that entrants put on had a lot to do with currying favour with the judges. Music, costume, choreography – all of it played a role in determining the grand prize winner.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- Star Wars X-Wing Fighter racer design

Some pretty nifty prizes were up for grabs as well. The first place team received a trip for 4 to a racing camp in Austria. Second prize was a trip for 4 to attend the Red Bull X-Fighters Freestyle Motocross Show in Madrid. Third place had to settle for a day at a go-cart track in Romania.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- vintage car racer design

Even though it looked like it was “anything goes” when it came to the design of the soapbox racers, there were some basic rules that contestants had to adhere to in order to be accepted into the Red Bull Soapbox Race. Besides specific height, width and length of each soapbox racer, here are the basic restrictions.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- PacMan

First, racers may contain any material – except glass. This is a race after all, and there is a (small) ramp that vehicles must jump.Glass is just asking for trouble.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- army tank

Second, soapbox racers cannot weigh more than 80 kilograms (sans driver and passenger of course.)

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- the Flintstones car design

Third, the soapbox racer must have working brakes and steering capability.

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Fourth, no motors or other means of propulsion – only gravity can see you through to the finish line.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- men in diapers

And finally, the entry must be an original creation – no machines made from soapbox race car kits allowed.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- Vegetarian Cannibals

First place went to the Vegetarian Cannibals, whose stage show featured a number that included Hooked on a Feeling (that annoyingly infectious “uga chaka uga chaka” song) by Tom Jones and Blue Swede.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- Zombies

Second place went to Zombie Mobile, for their interpretation of a zombie wedding.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- futuristic police car design

Third place on the podium went to The Punishers because, well, everyone likes a cop routine.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- banana racer design

The Red Bull Soapbox Race has been held in dozens of cities around the world since it first started in Belgium, in 2000. This is its first year in Romania.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- Jamaican bobsled team design

Take a look at some of the other entries in this year’s event.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- smails

 

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania --ladybug racer car design

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest--clop -- traditional Romanian straw hat

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- Dracula's coffin racer

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- Moby Dick

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Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- wild boar

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- The Simpsons racer

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania-sports car design

If you think you have what it takes to be a soapbox racer, or if you’re just bored out of your mind, Red Bull also has an online soapbox game you can play to hone your soapbox skills. It’s a little simple, a little dated, but very much addictive. Kinda like Red Bull itself. 

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Red Bull Soapbox Race Bucharest Romania -- Santa's sleigh design

What would your entry be if you could enter the Red Bull Soapbox Race?

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33 comments - add one
  1. Those are some serious prizes that they offer! If I were to enter this race, then I would probably make it some sort of Santa Clause theme with his Reindeer. I’m sure it’s been done a few times before, though.

    P.S. Can’t believe the “Streetsons” would have won! D’Oh!

  2. What a fun day out and great display for an event that is held for the first time in this country. A few great ideas. I would probably make a baby pushchair like car. My children would love it and they would probably help to decorate.

  3. I have to admit that I’m very impressed, these people are very creative and they clearly put a lot of effort and time to take part to this race. I’m not entirely sure what I’d do myself, it looks like everything (or almost) has been done already 🙂

  4. Thats cool Raymond. they really tack put a lot of effort into the carts..

    i bet there were some awesome stacks.. did you get any on video? that would be great to see!

  5. I read it only started in 2000? I’m pretty sure I had seen it before then, maybe there was another sponsor. Come to think about it, it was not much of a race either as they went down a hill and jumped from a ramp into a lake! hahaha

    1. I think they’ve been around for a while, but the Red Bull soapbox races only started in 2000. I remember seeing one when I was a kid, and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have Red Bull back in ye olden times. 🙂

  6. Very cool! Red Bull does some awesome stuff but I’ve never heard of their soapbox race before. Looks like a pretty fun day 🙂 Got the chance to see the RB flugtag in Austin one year, that was pretty cool. Would be a blast to compete in something like that or this sometime….

  7. Looks like so much fun! The creativity and the color seem to be omnipresent! Would surely love to attend such a fest sometime. Thanks for the pics 🙂

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