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Race a hotdog down city lanes

Talk about homemade cars and most would remember the soapbox derby-inspired race from the popular film, The Little Rascals (1994). And now, the event is coming to Mumbai.

mumbai Updated: Sep 11, 2012 18:30 IST
Serena Menon

Talk about homemade cars and most would remember the soapbox derby-inspired race from the popular film, The Little Rascals (1994). And now, the event is coming to Mumbai. On December 2 this year, 70 teams will get a chance to zoom down a slope in Bandra in a DIY car, which could be designed as anything crazy — from a sumo wrestler or hotdog to an Angry Birds figure.



The event called Red Bull Soapbox Race has previously travelled to 77 cities in 40 countries. “Since India has already seen its first Formula One Grand Prix, we expect enough enthusiasts for a totally different racing event,” says a spokesperson from Red Bull.



Reportedly, the original Soapbox derby is an American event that first began in the ’30s. The USP of these races is the wacky car designs that can be driven without mechanised motors and rely entirely on body weight. “The only mechanical specification common to all the cars is the four-wheeled frame which we will provide to the 70 teams whose designs are selected,” says the spokesperson.



Each team comprises four participants. They then have to tell the organisers, in an application, why they want to participate. In return, an experimental kit will be provided to each team.



“The kit primarily includes the basic criterion and dimensions that a soapbox must have. Then they have to send us their designs. The best 70 will build their own cars,” adds the spokesperson. The teams will be given over a month’s time to complete their creations.



Though only one person will drive the car in the final race, the winners will be judged on the car’s speed, creativity and their showmanship as a team.



“To gain more points in the last category, they can wear costumes, act out skits and even create their own music to flag off their car,” says the spokesperson. The registration deadline is September 30, but teams can send their design sketches on or before October 8.