Gayle Anderson was live in downtown Los Angeles with a preview of the wild, wacky and very fast Red Bull Soapbox Race returning to Downtown Los Angeles May 21st, 2011. Last seen in Los Angeles in 2009, the event drew a crowd of more than 110,000 to the streets of downtown Los Angeles to watch 40 teams race for glory. The urban course featured a 90-degree turn and tight chicanes, and, of course, a steep hill â some teams even reached speeds of over 45mph! Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 event, and will close Friday, March 25th. A team of experts will pick the top 40 entries to participate in the race. Entry is open to anyone!
Red Bull Soapbox Race, featuring some of the wildest legal street
racing around, is set to once again screech into Los Angeles for a
2011 pit stop. While the city is renowned for its traffic gridlock,
on May 21 the usually clogged streets of downtown Los Angeles will
transform into a bona fide drag strip! Approximately 40 teams will
compete in this non-motorized racing event, which encourages gear
heads and adrenaline junkies alike to break out their toolboxes and
build outrageous human-powered vehicles designed to thrill the
masses. On May 21, these speed demons will race down Grand Avenue
and brave a razor sharp turn onto 5th Street in downtown Los
Angeles, crossing the finish line right in front of Pershing
Square. Although it's the same location as the 2009 Red Bull
Soapbox Race, racers beware- you're in for a whole new set of
CALLING ALL SPEED DEMONS: Ever wanted to speed past a crowd of
thousands as they cheer you on to victory? Red Bull Soapbox Race is
calling! Teams can enter their engineering marvels and crazy
concepts with a formal application found at
www.redbullsoapboxrace.com Again, don't delay â
get that concept submitted ASAP, as applications MUST be submitted
by March 25.
Teams will need more than just courage to claim victory on these
city streets as they will be judged on three criteria: speed,
creativity and showmanship. So, make it fastâ¦
and fun! Previous events have proven that the most outlandish
crafts are typically the big winners, so put on your creativity
caps and let loose. In 2009 a heavy metal-inspired death machine,
the Mach I from "Speed Racer" and the flying Winnebago from
"Spaceballs" all graced the Los Angeles winner's podium. Also on
the track were a giant brain, the creatures from "Where the Wild
Things Are" and the DeLorean from "Back to the Future."
DRIVERS, START YOUR IMAGINARY ENGINES: Each soapbox must be
powered by gravity and imagination, which means no stored power or
external energy sources 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
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. The global event dates
back to 2000, when it first took place in Belgium, and has since
visited almost 30 countries.
For more information and to apply, visit www.redbullsoapboxrace.com
Red Bull Soapbox Race
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