RACES ON CREATED CARS
This kind of competition, like racing, first appeared many thousands of years ago. Then race horses and chariots were used for this. Now the possibilities of this sport are much wider due to the engine of progress. But whatever the new way to chase, people always want something else. Come up with another sophisticated way to prove that you are the fastest on a particular type of transport. So they came to this world of race on makeshift cars.
The well-known company for organizing various types of extreme and non-standard festivals Red Bull, took on the role of organizer of the next competitive show called Soapbox Race. The opening of the festival took place in Belgium in the year 2000 and since then has gained incredible popularity so much that a couple of years later, Red Bull held it in more than 100 countries around the world. Next year, the festival will celebrate its second dozen and promises to be eventful.RACE IDEA RED BULL SOAPBOX RACE
Participants design and build their own racing cars, which are called “soap dishes” at the festival. The fact is that the device on wheels should not have the appearance of a super racing car, but should be assembled from improvised and simple materials. Thus, the racing soap holders of the participants have a variety of futuristic looks. It can be a betman’s car, cosplay cars, and absolutely wonderful devices.
Pilots of their soap dishes rise to the top of the slope and take turns to go to the start. It is possible to overclock your design only with the help of your own strength – this is what the festival rules say. Further, all you can do is control the direction of movement of your car. There should not be any motors, pedals, oars and turbines. Going down the slope, the main task is to clear all the bends of the track, and so that it does not happen, get to the coveted finish. It is not a rare case when soap boxes fell apart on the go, without even crashing into the fence of the track. In such colorful moments, the participants competed, which of them will fall more colorful.
During the competition, all sorts of ridiculous cases occur, for example, one of the participants falls out, the part falls off, or the car becomes uncontrollable. In general, this festival has a more entertaining character with a sporting character than serious intense race for the possession of a gold cup.
Judges give an assessment for the speed of the course and the cleanliness of its passage. But do not forget about creativity and fun, because this festival was created for this.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
Participating in the Red Bull Soapbox Race is incredibly easy. To do this, you just need to register on the official website of the festival and apply for participation, after having read the rules. And then everything is simple – to arrive with your soap box at the appointed time, at the appointed place and become one of the many crazy pilots.
It should be noted that the registration of participating teams begins six months before the start of the festival. And yes, the participants are precisely teams consisting of 3-7 participants.
In the Republic of Kazakhstan, races are traditionally held in Almaty, in the month of September. For the festival, an entire street is freed, fencing with blocks of hay. Thousands of spectators flock to watch the spectacular and fun event of the first half of autumn.
A stage is set, various performances and rallies are held, many fast food points unfold near the highway. And most importantly – all this is free. All expenses are borne by the company organizer.
If you look from the side, the event resembles a real holiday, and not of a small scale.