On October 25 a record-breaking 25,000 spectators crowded Red Rocks Park today for Red Bull Soapbox Race’s Colorado debut, and more than 25,000 others arrived after the park had reached capacity. Forty-three teams of colorful characters, from the likes of cross-dressing prom queens to the Wicked Witch of the West, took to the track in hopes of non-motorized, raceway glory.
Team Save Ferris snagged first place and the People’s Choice Award with their red hot Ferrari, which drove backwards in honor of the classic 80’s flick. “We were looking for something we all just clicked with, and that was Ferris Bueller. We don’t do anything half-ass, so we went all the way,” said team driver, Matt Fisher.
The random, but appreciated themes continued with another classic as The Bonneville Record Holders wheeled a ’34 coupe at breakneck speeds through the winding chicanes and finally crashed into second place. And in a touching tribute to Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken and the famous “Saturday Night Live” skit, the third place team proved things are always better with a little More Cowbell.
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU CROSS THE HOFF WITH A MILKMAID?
The crafts careening down Trading Post Road didn’t just speed, eat hay and bale out. They also showed their creative flair and showmanship, both critical to the overall team score. The esteemed panel of local celebrities, including former Denver Broncos star Billy Thompson and Opie Gone Bad front man Jake Schroeder. When asked if he would like to judge again, Schroeder said, “Oh, hell yes!”
The judges whooped it up for crashes from a group of German scientists with a thing for The Hoff, a fish taco on two wheels and a tipped cow with very full udders. Even a Formula 1 racer couldn’t navigate the rigors of the road.
While Red Bull Soapbox Race celebrates the outrageous, brave and over-the-top, teams still had to abide by rules of the road. All Red Bull Soapbox Race cars had to be entirely human-powered – no stored power or external energy sources allowed. Secondly, all vehicles were required to be less than six feet wide, less than 20 feet in length and no more than seven feet from the ground. And finally, crafts could not weigh no more than 176 lbs (not including the driver).
The winning team nabbed an unforgettable NASCAR experience including flight and hotel for all four team members. Second prize was the ultimate driving day at one of the most challenging and exciting racetracks in the nation. Third place received a day of high speed go kart racing.
If you are interested in either reliving the Soapbox Race Denver glory or catching a glimpse of what all the fuss was about lucky for you, Red Bull Soapbox Race Denver will air on FSN Rocky Mountain reaching Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and parts of Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana and Nevada. Air Dates:
November 1, 2008 at 2:30pm (MST)
November 2, 2008 at 3:30pm (MST)
November 5, 2008 at 6:30pm (MST)
November 7, 2008 at 1:30pm (MST)
November 16, 2008 at 12:30pm (MST)
November 22, 2008 at 12:00pm (MST)
THE FINISH LINE
Red Bull Soapbox Race Denver marks the end of a whirlwind national tour, with stops made earlier this fall in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and San Francisco. 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.