SOURCE: Red Bull

October 13, 2007 23:06 ET

Brains, Brawn and Baseball Attract 50,000 Cheering Fans

Red Bull Soapbox Race Makes Its East Coast Debut in Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI--(Marketwire - October 13, 2007) - 50,000 spectators lined Providence's College Hill today to watch 57 teams from across the U.S. and Canada race their homemade, human-powered carts at Red Bull Soapbox Race. Locals climbed trees, scaled buildings and cheered tirelessly for their favorite teams, but in the end brains won over brawn. South Dakota team The Good, The Bad and The Nerdy took home first place with their math-geek theme and oversized calculator, which sped down the Waterman Street course in under 37 seconds. These Red Bull Soapbox veterans navigated the daunting chicane and steep grade at speeds up to 39 mph! The team's driver, Anthony Johnson, said, "That course was amazing! It was so much fun with lots of twists and turns. I do motorcycle road racing and I get up to 170 mph doing that and this is just as much fun if not funner. It's great."

Second place went to Deuces Wild, a combination bathtub and toilet craft out of Swampscott, Mass. Sliding into third place was crowd favorite Team Road Killers, who pumped up the judges and an overwhelming number of die-hard fans with their Red Sox themed craft before the second game of the ALCS tonight. "The craziest thing of the day was just seeing all the fans come out and the huge crowd support," said pit crew member, Brett Smith.

Valhalla Express, the team of high school teachers from Massachusetts, took home the People's Choice Award with the most text votes of the day. The team's buses of student fans in horned helmets helped win the hearts of Providence.


While speed was definitely a deciding factor, creativity and showmanship also played a role. Perhaps that's why today's course featured King Kong, a speeding 'stache, and a feather-filled Chick Magnet (all the way from California). College rivalries were also heating up as teams from Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College and University of Rhode Island skidded down the course in a battle for local pride.

Nonetheless, the spectacular show of auto maneuvering wasn't enough to win over judges, whose coveted perfect tens were hard to come by. Judges on deck included Miss Rhode Island America 2007 Ashley Bickford, rapper and producer Pras from the hip hop trio The Fugees and seven-time World Championship medalist gymnast Alicia Sacramone.


Providence may mark the East Coast debut, but the Red Bull Soapbox roads have been braved by many daredevils before. The first Red Bull Soapbox Race took place in Belgium in 2000, and has since visited almost 30 countries including Austria, England, Jamaica and Australia to name a few. The first U.S. event was held in St. Louis in 2006. While there is no limit on imagination, there are still a few rules of the road. All driving machines must be entirely human-powered -- no stored power or external energy sources allowed -- though they must have a braking system. Secondly, all vehicles must be less than six feet wide, less than 20 feet in length and no more than seven feet from the ground. And finally, all soapboxes can have one or two drivers, but when the crafts reach the start ramp they must weigh no more than 176 lbs.

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