SOURCE: Red Bull

June 19, 2008 16:06 ET

Screech Through San Francisco This Fall at Red Bull Soapbox Race!!

Applications to Drive Down Dolores Avenue Due by August 2

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - This October 18, the streets of San Francisco will be filled with cable cars, commuters and...rubber chickens on wheels? That's right, bust out the tool belt and buckle up for a wild ride as Red Bull Soapbox Race takes a drive down Dolores Avenue. Red Bull Soapbox Race dares mechanical pros and everyday engineers to build outlandish human-powered driving machines fit to tackle a steep quarter-mile course in a sprint against the clock, crossing the finish line in front of historic Dolores Park.

The San Francisco pit stop puts the West Coast on the map of the 2008 Red Bull Soapbox Race national road trip, with other fall driving destinations in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Denver. Each stop will host 40 teams of racing roadsters eager to secure their place in soapbox history. San Francisco speedsters can apply to race now at www.redbullsoapboxusa.com.

FULLY LEGAL

Not to be confused with the city's illegal soapbox society, Red Bull Soapbox racers are entirely lawful -- though they don't look like anything you'd see on the streets! Racing blasts from the past range from a giant troll to a toilet, from the Tooth Fairy to a Viking ship and from cheese puffs to a rhinoceros. Reason being that teams won't be judged on speed alone, but on creativity and showmanship as well!

Ready to race your dream machine down Dolores Avenue? While seat belts and rolling stops won't get you a ticket here, there are still a few rules of this road. All soapbox cars must be entirely human-powered -- no stored power or external energy sources allowed. 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 crafts must weigh no more than 176 lbs (not including the driver).

GOLDEN GATEWAY TO GLORY

The fast lane to first place at Red Bull Soapbox Race will get you an unforgettable NASCAR experience including flight and hotel for all four team members. Second prize is the ultimate driving day at one of the most challenging and exciting racetracks in the nation. Third place receives a day of high speed go-kart racing. One team will also win the People's Choice Award to be chosen by the crowd and SMS voting on race day.

The first Red Bull Soapbox Race sped into Belgium in 2000, and has since visited almost 30 countries including Austria, Sweden, Australia and South Africa among others. The first Red Bull Soapbox Race in the U.S. was held in 2006 in St. Louis, MO, and last year saw pit stops in Seattle and Providence.

To apply, visit www.redbullsoapboxusa.com and get creative! You'll need to fill out details regarding your team and provide a sketch of your soapbox racer. For all media inquiries about Red Bull Soapbox Race, please contact Ellie Applen at 310-460-4532 or via email at ellen.applen@us.redbull.com. For a selection of high resolution photos from around the world, check out www.redbull-photofiles.com.

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