Get on your soapbox!
August 24, 2009 1:33 PM Subscribe
In addition to poor construction, the vehicles most likely to crash have 1) poorly secured bicycle wheels 2) a high center of gravity and 3) high occupancy. Add in alcohol, a steep down grade and spectators throwing water balloons, and you get the perfect storm for destruction.
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This past weekend, the 13th Annual Adult Soapbox Derby (all slyt)
was held on Mt. Tabor, an extinct volcano in Portland, Oregon. Cars built for speed can reach 40 mph, and cars built for art can be downright outrageous.
The rules are fairly strict - e.g. no car can cost over $300 to build. Official rules here.
Photos of some of the crazier soapboxes from 2009.
Photos of some of the crazier soapboxes from 2008.
Older photos can be on the official website.
How to build a soapbox car.
As you might expect, the All-American Soap Box Derby, the organization that hosts the annual soapbox derby championship, is in financial trouble.