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Red Bull Soap Box 2011 – Los Angeles Re-cap

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Talk about an amazing experience. The Red Bull Soap Box Race was perhaps one of the most exciting events I’ve even had the honor of participating in.  When Paul Pearson (builder/driver) asked me to be a part of his team, I didn’t know what I was getting into.  I was familiar with the event but I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the concept of 110,000 people, thousands of pictures, and countless interviews.  That day I had my picture taken more in 12 hours than I had in the first 32 years of my life combined. I can’t say enough good things about the event, but I can tell you that Red Bull knows how to throw an event. From beginning to end these guys knew what to do.

There were some truly amazing teams out there. Hellado on wheels was great, the Luchadores were incredible, but my favorite had to be Jurassic Park. These guys had it all.  Best opening sketch, great race, ridiculous crash, and an incredible post-crash finish.  The Hamster Rampage had a similar philosophy to our teams. No testing, no suspension – just crash and go.

Pit row was an interesting experience when it came down to judging. Psycho Mike Catherwood stopped by and was clearly a fan of our LA political inside joke, but I had a feeling his collective man crush on the Baked Muscles would demolish us.

One of my favorite comedians Adam Carolla also had a car in the race. I didn’t get a chance to meet the Aceman, but he had a pretty spectacular crash as well.

We’re already making plans for next years Flugtag and the following year’s soap box race. I’m thinking a battleship and some seamen. Read into it all you’d like.

City of Bell Pick Pockets

Paul Pearson rounding the turn after his amazing crash

Before the race, Paul mentioned that he was a little nervous since the safety co-coordinator had him remove his 6 point racing harness.  You know . . . for safety. Well, after he passed the first chicane and made it over the first jump, we all understood his concern. After his digger into the hay bails and a quick standing 8 count (Race Official: “Who are you and why are you here?” Paul: “I’m Paul and I’m here to race.”), he was back in it. Check the video at the end of the post for the spectacular crash.  We’re thinking he’s gonna make the video this year.

My girlfriend making fun of little Mexican girls. “You’ll never be tall, red, and rich! Hahahaha!” So messed up . . .

Christine and Dallas following Paul down the course

Dallas James: “I hear they have pudding at the bottom of the course.”

Christine: “Yeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! Puddddddddddiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnggg! Wooooooooooo!!!”

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2011: Red Bull Soap box Derby

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It is with great pleasure that I announce that I’ll be participating in the Red Bull Soapbox Derby with The City of Bell Pickpockets.

The car is already in full swing and I’m producing the opening sketch/musical number.  Music and theme have been selected and team leader/driver Paul Pearson’s racer is gonna rip.  The plan is to set the speed record this year so I’ve got my work cut out for me not only in producing but also in the gym so we can get that giant sled of his flying down the hill.

Here are some behind the scene pictures of the work in progress.

The prototype

City of Bell Pickpockets: Red Bull - The prototype Red Bull Soapbox derby base model

The workshop

Paul Pearson: The work shop

Bare bones

“City of Bell Pickpockets has hired a top notch Hollywood producer to choreograph the script!!!!!!”

This quote from the City of Bell Pickpockets graced their facebook page after I signed on.  I try not to believe my own bullshit, but I don’t mind believing other people’s.  Updates to follow.

The Event

The Red Bull Soap Box race will take place this year on May 21st on historic Grand Ave. and with the finish line at Pershing square. It’s a human-powered race of epic proportions where we’re judged on three criteria: Speed, creativity, and showmanship.  There will be crashes and dances and plenty of wacky antics due to the fact that I’ll have waaaaaaayyyyy too much taurine and caffeine running through my system.

Written by ZekeIsAwesome

May 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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