SOURCE: Red Bull North America

Red Bull North America

April 07, 2011 13:19 ET

Red Bull Soapbox Race Returns to the Streets of Downtown Los Angeles

Forty Teams Chosen to Speed Down Grand Avenue Onto 5th Street

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 7, 2011) - The results are in! From hundreds of applications, the top 40 teams have been chosen to race their homemade soapboxes down a harrowing course in Downtown Los Angeles at Red Bull Soapbox Race. The May 21 event will feature the field of 40 hand-made soapbox racers braving steep drops, two jumps, a 90° turn and scary speeds, all in pursuit of soapbox glory. But this race is far from your stereotypical childhood derby, and these are no ordinary vehicles! Angelenos can keep their eyes peeled for a giant bagpipe, a taco truck, a rolling sushi bar, Care Bears, a giant roller skate, masked luchadores and more zooming down Grand Avenue and taking a sharp turn onto 5th Street next to Pershing Square Park. While these teams definitely feel the need for speed -- they can reach speeds of over 40mph in their racers -- they will need more than just velocity to win. Judging is based on three criteria: speed, creativity and showmanship, so expect to see a healthy slice of style added to soapboxes' blur-inducing speed.


Red Bull Soapbox Race will return to the exact same spot in Downtown Los Angeles that made it such a hit for the 110,000 spectators in attendance in 2009. And the location won't be the only familiar thing, as many teams have chosen some very recognizable themes for their soapboxes. Those in attendance on May 21 will witness those crazy Duke boys take the General Lee for a spin, some hungry, hungry (and very fast) hippos heading down the course, Wayne and Garth from "Wayne's World" driving their 1976 AMC Pacer, and muscle-bound Spartans a la "300" rowing their galley at record speeds. Those incredibly popular Angry Birds will also make an appearance, as will Lakers look-alikes, the A-Team, and those "loveable" characters from a certain show set in New Jersey (driving a tanning booth with wheels!). The teams come from all over California as well as from Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Iowa. College rivalries will be in high gear as teams from USC, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, CSU Northridge, Chapman University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Arizona State, Northern Arizona University and Iowa State take to the track to compete for school pride.

These gearheads may love the smell of axle grease in the morning and race just for the thrill of it, but turns out there's a payoff! First place team will be treated to an unforgettable NASCAR experience, including a tour of the pits, introductions to the Red Bull Racing drivers and the opportunity to enjoy the race up close and personal. The second place team will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the desert as they are all treated to ride-a-longs in a 750hp vehicle with Trophy Truck Driver and Red Bull Athlete Bryce Menzies. The third place prize is a day of professional high-performance driving instruction on a closed professional course. And the People's Choice Award winners (decided by spectator vote) will receive a private showing of the Red Bull Soapbox Race video at a hometown venue for the team and 20 of their best friends.

Los Angeles may be the latest pit stop, 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, Czech Republic and Australia to name a few. As the only race in 2011, the Los Angeles event will be the tenth U.S. Red Bull Soapbox Race to ever take place, with the first stateside race held in St. Louis in 2006.


It may be fast, it may be wild, it may even be weird... but there are rules to keep it legal (and safe!) Each soapbox must be powered only by gravity and imagination, which means no stored power or external energy sources are allowed. And size does matter! All vehicles must be less than six feet wide and 20 feet in length, no more than seven feet high and cannot weigh more than 176 lbs (not including the driver). Drivers must be at least 18 years old, but engineers and grease monkeys of all ages are welcome to be part of the five person team.

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