Soapboxes: They Go Really Fast, Then They CRASH!!

The Human Factor got robbed of placing in the RedBull soapbox race thanks to favoritism shown on a 3rd place Speed Racer team who placed in their home-state. Huh? What? I smell a fix…

Starting Block...

Starting Block...

The Human Factor restored fun and excitement to an afternoon where a record crowd watched what was an abysmal outing (abysmal meaning fun, here. [We viewed some of the most awesome soapbox wrecks ever. For a moment I thought I was in the Roman Coliseum.] All of the drivers walked away, so it was in good taste that we wanted more “soapbox carnage”.) by, like, fifteen or so teams [in a row] that had their soapboxes ripped apart by the sharp turns of the course and/or the 90 degree ramp, again, if they even made it that far down the hill, or had wheels left on their “soapboxes” to mount it.

Killer Ramp...

Killer Ramp...

(As a sidenote and to make matters worse, how did we not give the People’s Choice Award to the Where The Wild Things Are soapbox team? They were absolutely adorable. There were enough movie references out there to start your own DVD collection–it was a killer mash-up of the 80’s: E.T., Spaceballs, etc. It was like BlockBuster, that or a bad night of television–it’s Tinsel Town, either way I loved it!)

My Crowd Favorite: Where The Wild Things Are...

My Crowd Favorite: Where The Wild Things Are...

The Human Factor killed it! The sped down the hill, zig-zagging along–I think I saw Mark Martin blush–and riled up a crowd of 100K plus screaming soapbox fans reminding us of a much simpler time when you didn’t need a gas pedal to get from points A to B. They steadied their approach and left the crowd in awe as they hit the 90 degree ramp and nailed the back end of the course where few soapbox teams ventured, and on top of that, they had enough forward momentum to take in the sights of the “new” downtown along 5th if they wanted. Yes, the guys in the cockpit of a gigantic brain did that!

On the other had, Team Speed Racer wasn’t so flashy. The dude dressed as Speed, didn’t even get in the soapbox, c’mon!! They didn’t impress us at the top of the hill nor did their run capture our hearts, although it was an impressive one. They flew through the course so fast in their “soapbox” (somebody inspect the hardware on that thing) that most of the crowd wasn’t aware of the feat they’d accomplished. I actually saw people looking up at the judges to see if that one counted.

Tinsel Town roller...

Tinsel Town roller...

So in summation, what you have is a winner’s circle of odd assortment. A team from San Francisco, our northern rivals, took first and the crew from the mountains of Colorado took third. From my understanding Red Bull has office space here in SoCal, so why they didn’t play to the locals, I’m not sure. And in this case, the locals were actually good! (Sorry Fire Fighters. Yes, you are our true heroes, but we’ll never know what the little red truck could’ve done. Our faces dropped a bit when your soapbox gave out, but you guys stuck in there and finished the race…yay!!)

100K plus crowd...

100K plus crowd...

Red Bull USA, thank you for the FREE event. I had a blast. Everyone was on there best behavior. And I’m wired off of the four Red Bull Colas I downed. But, if ever you should return, and I’m hoping you will, PLAY TO THE LOCALS!

The boys from Northridge should’ve won!!!

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3 Responses to “Soapboxes: They Go Really Fast, Then They CRASH!!”

  1. S.F. represent

  2. justinsullivan Says:

    Which team was the human factor? I was there all day and I can’t remember who that was?

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