Sunday, September 16, 2012
Photos: Fans cheered and jeered during silly Red Bull Soapbox Race in The Colony
It was all in good fun.
THE COLONY Texans dressed as Ninja Turtles, Elvis, and even "drag" racers zoomed down the street in the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Austin Ranch in The Colony. The lighthearted midday event is part of a series of soapbox races across the U.S.
Several dozen DFW participants were picked from an entry list of hundreds of teams, who then created their soapbox car to adhere to special guidelines. Teams dressed in ridiculous attire brought plenty of fans to cheer them on as they flew over humps and turns. Some soapbox cars fell apart as they went along, like Team Da Vegas Bomb, whose pink Cadillac barely made it across the finish line despite their second-place win.
First place winners Oregon Trail won a trip to see a Red Bull Formula One team in Austin this fall. Second place winners Da Vegas Bomb received a day of professional driving instruction -- and perhaps driver Bill Katz will need it! Third place winners The Users get a free day at a go-kart track.
The People's Choice Award winners went to the animated team Mutt Cutts, whose costumes were inspired by the movie Dumb & Dumber. See their outfits and many others in the gallery below.
Celebrity judge Josh Henderson (from the TNT remake of Dallas) was one of several star-studded judges who critiqued the race. Big Al Mack of KISS FM was the emcee.
All in good fun, the soapbox race brought out cheering and jeering fans: The cheer went to the true racers, and the jeers were for struggling cars that lurched toward the finish line. Both made for a fun afternoon.
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