Soapbox

A RACE FOR THE WICKEDLY ADVENTUROUS.

Red Bull
Soapbox Race 2018.

Cincinnati, September 8TH

Location

Racing will take place at Eden Park in Mt. Adams

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Teams for this years event have been selected.

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About Red Bull
Soapbox Race

Red Bull Soapbox Race is a global event for amateur drivers racing homemade soapbox crafts. Each hand-made machine is fueled by creativity and competitive fun - not to mention the need for speed. This unique non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.

Red Bull has held more than 100 soapbox races around the world since the first one in Brussels in the year 2000 – from Australia to South Africa, Helsinki to St. Louis, Jamaica to Italy.
 
Cincinnati's most innovative and witty teams will race each other down the twists and turns of Cincinnati’s Eden Park on the 8th of September.

The rules

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Safety

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Build

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Team

Applications for the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Cincinnati open Monday March 12th 2018 and close Friday June 1st 2018.

To submit an entry, you must:

  • Successfully complete the soapbox game on this website

Or

  • Call the hotline number at 1-845-681-3478

Your team may have no more than 5 participants including your brave driver who must be at least 18 years old. We’re not opposed to younger drivers, but lawyers are.

The best 60 valid entries will be chosen to build their Soapbox and compete in Cincinnati.

It’s not enough that it actually moves. What we’re looking for is the outrageous, the preposterous and the ostentatious! A soapbox should be an extension of its team. It’s wild. It’s crazy. It can be anything they want. It just can’t be ordinary.

In order to be accepted, your human-powered racing machine must:

Not exceed a maximum of 6 feet wide and 12 feet long.

Be no taller than 7 feet and must be at least 7 inches from the ground.

It must not exceed 176 pounds in weight (excluding the driver, of course).

Soapboxes must be powered by the force of gravity only. That, and your imagination. So no stored power or external energy sources are allowed. But that doesn’t mean you won’t go fast.

So, fully functioning brakes and steering are required.

Modified prefabricated cars, kit-cars and vehicles such as bulldozers, steamrollers, and tricked-out minis are also not allowed.

In case your soapbox doesn’t end up in the local design museum, please select building materials carefully to ensure that your machine doesn’t impact too harshly on the environment.

For any other questions or inquiries please reach out to soapboxcincy@redbull.com

 

Not to state the obvious, but this event is, first and foremost, a race. Therefore, the fastest one across the finish line is definitely going to be looked upon favorably. Take note though, that one actually has to cross the finish line in the vehicle.

That said, when it comes to the Red Bull Soapbox Race, speed is nothing without a little personality. Teams are judged on three criteria: Design, Race performance and Showmanship. So racers need to wow us with their stage routine, impress us with their soapbox design, and, of course, dazzle us with their showmanship.

Drivers are not permitted to be physically attached to their vehicle or enclosed in any kind of capsule or cockpit that they cannot easily escape from.

All performance costumes must not pose the risk of getting caught in the car or obstruct the driver’s ability to see.

Every driver is permitted a co-driver if desired.

The pit crew is 4 people max and you’ll need all of them to get a good push. Pit crew can only push as far as the start line. After that, the driver is on their own!

 

Any Questions ?

Get all the answers to your questions about attending Red Bull Soapbox Race Cincinnati 2018 on September 8!

What is Red Bull Soapbox Race?

Red Bull Soapbox is a free family-friendly non-motorized racing event that challenges both experienced and amateurs alike to design soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race. Thousands will watch as some will be triumphant while others will fall victim to gravity. The homemade vehicles will each come with a theme that the entire team rallies around.

When is the event?

September 8th, 2018 at 950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH.

10am – 4pm.

Free and open to all. Concessions on site.

What do the crafts typically look like?

How much imagination do you have? Red Bull Soapbox vehicles range from realistic race car replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up. Past crafts include a piano, a giant baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive corn on the cob, a jail cell and the Golden Gate Bridge. To gain more showmanship points, participants often wear outrageous costumes, act out skits, and create their own music soundtracks for the downhill race.

When was the first Red Bull Soapbox produced in the United States

The first US Red Bull Soapbox was produced in October 2006 in St. Louis. Since then, Red Bull Soapbox has landed in Seattle, Providence, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Cincinnati.

 

How many teams have been chosen to compete?

Fifty plus teams from around the United States have been chosen to compete.

Is there an age requirement to attend?

There is NO ENTRY FEE or age requirement to spectate.

What does the day look like?

Red Bull Soapbox starts by inviting anyone and everyone to come and check out the handmade, non-motorized soapbox cars built by sixty teams of five people in our PITS area at 10AM.

Each team’s vehicle has a theme with each team member in full costume during this time. All are welcome to take pictures and engage with our enthusiastic Red Bull Soapbox Race teams.

 

Racing will begin at 11AM with each team performing a 30-second “skit” at the top of the track. Space around the track will be limited, so please arrive early to secure a spot. There will also be two giant screens sharing the action for the entire crowd.

What time does it start?

PITS open at 10AM

COMPETITION begins at 11AM

AWARDS at 4PM

Can I bring my family?

Red Bull Soapbox Race is a family friendly event. All ages are welcome.

Will there be food and beverage?

There will be local vendors selling food and beverages.

 

Where do I park?

All attendees are required to park at Central Parking System Paul Brown Stadium Lot D & E.

Lot D

100 West Mehring Way Cincinnati, OH 45202

$10 ALL DAY

Lot E

297 West Mehring Way Cincinnati, OH 45202

$4 Before 10:00am and then $10 (Reds Rates)

How do I get to the event site?

Shuttle busses will be lined up along the sidewalk next to Lot D and E. This is clearly visible to both lots as you pull in. 

 

Shuttles will be running starting at 9:00AM – 7:00PM.

 

Can I be dropped off?

Yes!

Please arrange for your shared ride service to drop you off at Eden Park Drive near Mirror Lake and walk to the event site on Cliff Drive.

Please see the drop off map we have provided in our news section and on our Facebook event page.

We recommend getting dropped off before entering the park to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

What you CAN bring to Red Bull Soapbox Race Cincinnati

  • Blankets
  • Umbrellas (small hand-held style)
  • Baby Strollers
  • Portable/collapsible chair
  • Binoculars
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Sealed Bottled Water

Items you CANNOT bring to Red Bull Soapbox Cincinnati

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Coolers
  • Glass containers
  • Food
  • Pets
  • Tents
  • No illegal vending is permitted

What if I have additional questions?

Please email redbullsoapboxcincy@redbull.com and someone will get back to you.

You can also follow @Cincyparks

and the Red Bull Soapbox Race Cincy Facebook page for live updates.

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Stay up to date.

News

14/08/2018

WHERE DO I GET DROPPED OFF ON SEPT 8?

Tuesday 14. August 2018

WHERE DO I GET DROPPED OFF ON SEPT 8?

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14/08/2018

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ATTEND RED BULL SOAPBOX RACE CINCY!

Tuesday 14. August 2018

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ATTEND RED BULL SOAPBOX RACE CINCY!

RB Soapbox Race Cincinnati 2018 FAQ

14/06/2018

It's Back! Red Bull Soapbox returns to Eden Park in September

Thursday 14. June 2018

It's Back! Red Bull Soapbox returns to Eden Park in September

02/03/2018

HOMEMADE SOAPBOX RACE MAKES A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE STREETS OF CINCINNATI, APPLICATIONS WANTED

Friday 02. March 2018

HOMEMADE SOAPBOX RACE MAKES A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE STREETS OF CINCINNATI, APPLICATIONS WANTED

Thousands Will Watch as Ohio’s Most Creative and Whacky Amateur Drivers Race Through Historic Eden Park at Red Bull Soapbox Race 2018

Red Bull Soapbox will once again make its way back to Cincinnati for the third time since it’s 2009 debut and applications are now being accepted. On Saturday, September 8, 60 teams will be challenged to craft their own non-motorized vehicles to be tested on a downhill course that spirals through various twists, turns and obstacles.

 

Applications call for teams of athletes, designers, engineers, entertainers, and everyone in-between to turn their racing dreams into reality. For a chance to compete at the third Red Bull Soapbox in Cincinnati this Fall, request application information at www.RedBullSoapboxRace.com. The deadline to submit craft designs is June 1, 2018.

 

Red Bull Soapbox gives both experienced racers and amateurs alike a chance to tap into their inner youth to design and build the most outrageous vehicle with one goal in mind, to make it down the course the fastest and with their creation in one piece. In order to be crowned king or queen of the hill you’ll need more than just skill, teams will be judged on a criteria of one-third speed, one-third creativity and one-third showmanship. In the end, it comes down to not only building the quickest soapbox, but also impressing the judges by how outrageous and charismatic they can be.

 

The Red Bull Soapbox Race is an event for all those who love racing, have a sense of humor and are interested in showing off their imagination and creativity. Last time Soapbox hit Cincy we saw crafts resembling big pigs, double decker buses, macaroni and cheese, and yes, even space sharks. Thousands will gather to witness these wacky contraptions compete downhill against their biggest opponent… gravity. What crafty creations will we see come out of the Midwest this year?

 

Applying to participate in Red Bull Soapbox Race is free. Racers and participants must be 18 or older. For more information, including applications, rules, photos, and video footage from past Red Bull Soapbox Race events, visit www.RedBullSoapboxRace.com

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Where the fun happens.

Location

Cincinnati

Eden Park

950 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio

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