From The 'Speed' Bus To 'The Fresh Prince' Cab: The Weirdest Rides At The Red Bull Soap Box Race
The Red Bull Soap Box race returned to Los Angeles on Sunday; along with it came the hodgepodge group of geeks and misfits and adrenaline chasers and pop culture mavens.
This year, the 700-yard course wound around the slopes of Angels Point Road in Elysian Park. The track included five perilous turns and one gut-clenching jump. The vehicles were, of course, fully human-powered. "Fully functioning brakes and steering are required," Red Bull added—the fact of this disclaimer's existence tells us a lot about the people who choose to participate. And this isn't any normal race; while speed will give you a leg up, judges will also be scoring the teams/vehicles on creativity and showmanship (awards are scheduled to be announced at 4:15 p.m.).
Likewise, the participants came out in full regalia. Our favorite may have been The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air car, which did a rendition on the yellow cab that ferried Will Smith to his wealthy uncle's pad. “We all grew up watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the memorable characters, iconic opening intro and theme song, so we thought what better theme than to recreate some of our childhood memories,” Hector Catalan, a member of "Team Fresh Prince," told Red Bull.
Here are some selections of our favorite rides from Sunday, starting with the aforementioned cab:
It took a nasty spill at a sharp turn:
Food was among the recurring themes on Sunday. Check out team "Death Cab For Pizza," whose slo-mo jump was as chill and mesmerizing as Ben Gibbard's acoustic stylings:
Then we go from pizza to Cup Noodles, the veritable pillars of the food pyramid:
A giant bottle of Sriracha found its way onto the track:
There was also some wordplay with O.J.:
Coming back to television, we also saw an appearance by a pants-less Walter White:
As well as Astro sitting in the rear of this Jetsons-inspired ride:
Going from the small screen to the big, the Speed bus was our second favorite vehicle. Sandra Bullock, perhaps looking a little tired, helmed the bomb-strapped vehicle with Keanu at her side:
There was also a reference to Mad Max, because of course there would be:
Speaking of Max Max, while we didn't spot any guitar-wielding mutants, we still got our dose of compact rock riffs, thanks to ZZ Top: