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Fasten your seat belt. And unleash your imagination.

About Red Bull
Soapbox Race.

Red Bull Soapbox Race is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade soapbox vehicles. Each hand-made machine is fuelled by nothing but sheer courage, the force of gravity and perhaps a little Red Bull. This unique, non-motorised racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous 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. Over the years, vehicles have ranged from realistic replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up. Previous designs have included a piano, a giant baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive corn on the cob, a jail cell and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Download the Soapbox Site Map here








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 favourably. Take note though, that somebody actually has to cross the finish line in the vehicle.

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.

We said that the first one to cross the finish line will be looked upon favourably, we didn’t say they’d win. That’s because when it comes to the Red Bull Soapbox Race, speed is nothing without a little personality. So, teams need to wow us with their 20 second performance, impress us with their charisma and, of course, dazzle us with their showmanship.

Event Info

When is Red Bull Soapbox Race 2019?

Sunday 7th July 2019.

Where is the Red Bull Soapbox Race taking place in 2019?

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London N22 7AY.

What time do gates open?

We will be opening the gates at 10:30am on Sunday 7th July to accommodate bag checks on arrival.  To minimise queuing time, we would advise packing as lightly as you can. 

What are the timings for the day?

Gates open 10.30am

Race starts 12pm

Race ends 4pm

Gates close 5pm

What are the nearest transport links?

Wood Green Tube Station on the Piccadilly Line is a 19-minute walk from Ally Pally. Although slightly further away than Alexandra Palace Station, trains are more frequent at Wood Green. Alexandra Palace Station is a 10 minute walk from Ally Pally. The Great Northern rail services run from major London stations including Finsbury Park, Highbury & Islington, Moorgate and Old Street. Please note, there is an 8-minute walk up a steep hill to the event entrance gates from both stations.

Is the venue easy to walk to?

Please note the venue is located on a steep hill with the ground having undulating difficult terrain, and the walk to the main entrance gates from Alexandra Palace Station will take about 10 mins.

Is there any parking at Alexandra Palace?

There is no public parking on site so we suggest that you use public transport.

Is there disabled parking?

We have a limited number of disabled parking available on-site at Alexandra Palace, so if you require parking please email

Is there a disabled viewing area?

Yes there is an area for disabled guests to watch Red Bull Soapbox Race.
Disabled access tickets are required to enter the disabled viewing area. The area is strictly for disabled accessible ticket holders and 1 carer.

What food / drinks will be available?

There will be a wide range of food available on-site to cater for all different dietary requirements from outlets around the grounds.

Spectators can also enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in bars located on-site.

Water re-filling stations

To discourage the use of single plastic there will be a number of water re-filling stations available on-site. Please bring a refillable water bottle with you. See the site map for exact locations.

Please take special care during warm weather conditions.

Are picnics allowed?

Picnics are allowed but you will not be able to bring any furniture, or excessive amounts of food and drink into the event. This will be at the discretion of security on arrival. There will be areas where you can picnic, however they are not in viewing locations.

Is there Soapbox Race merchandise available to purchase on-site?

If you have pre-ordered your Red Bull Soapbox Race merchandise, once on-site please head to the merchandise unit with your merchandise e-ticket for collection.

There will be merchandise available to purchase on-site from the merchandise unit (see site map).


There are a number of toilets on-site. Please see the site map for the exact locations.

Disabled toilets are situated near to the disabled viewing area


Our security plans are regularly reviewed, and a number of additions and improvements have been made for the Event. Extra security personnel, resources and measures have been employed.

Left luggage

Unfortunately there is no left luggage facility on site. For spectator safety all bags are subject to inspection by our security team and are brought to the Event at the owner’s risk.

Please refer to the conditions of entry for guidance on what is prohibited on site.

Can I bring in furniture to the event?

Unfortunately no furniture can be taken into the event as it takes up space in the viewing area. People bringing furniture will have to leave it or find somewhere to put it before being allowed on-site.

Are dogs permitted at Red Bull Soapbox Race?

No, sadly your canine friends will not be able to join you at the event.

Conditions of Entry

Spectators are prohibited from bringing in the following:-

Glass bottles / containers / receptacles [excluding medication contained in glass bottles] · Cutlery · Ceramic cutlery · Alcohol · Demonstration items (such as placards or spray paint) · Professional Photography and or video equipment · Walkie-talkies, phone jammers and radio scanners · Private wireless access points · Laser pointers, laser equipment and or strobe lights · Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller skates and trikes etc · Pets or animals (excluding service animals) · All knives or bladed items · Any item deemed to be an offensive weapon · Personal protective devices, such as CS or pepper sprays · Firearms or ammunition · Fireworks · Fire Lanterns · Hazardous or toxic materials · Illegal / non-prescriptive drugs, including those which may look like illegal / nonprescriptive drugs · Gas containers / canisters · BBQ including temporary BBQ’s · Chairs, tents and Marquees · Excessive amounts of food and beverage · Any item that could be used as a missile with the potential to injury persons within the event site · Items that resemble any prohibited items · Any other items that may be deemed illegal, unsafe and could be used in a dangerous or offensive manner towards other patrons.

You are strictly prohibited from possessing or holding promotional and/or commercial objects and materials or goods with intent to sell and/or promote such items at the Event.

For full terms and conditions please click here.