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About Red Bull
Box Cart Race

Red Bull Box Cart 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 box cart 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.
South Africa's most innovative and witty teams will race each other down the twists and turns of Sandton Drive in Johannesburg on the 16th of September 2018. The venue opens at 10am in the morning and the first cart will head down the hill at 11am sharp and the last at 3pm - depending on how much mayhem there is!

Please check the FAQ section for more information. Come and watch history being made!

All you need to know

The rules







All crafts must be human powered, meaning no engines, pedals or external energy sources.

Your human-powered racing machine must not exceed a maximum of six feet wide and twelve feet long, be at least seven inches from the ground and no taller than seven feet.

Fully functioning brakes and steering are required.

It must not exceed 80kg. in weight (excluding the driver, of course).

First of all, your brave team of four must be at least 16 years old. However the driver MUST be at least 18 years old. We’re not opposed to younger drivers, but lawyers are.

Every driver is permitted a co-driver, who helps with directions and serves snacks if the driver feels peckish. Although the co-driver is not mandatory.

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

Teams are judged on three criteria: Creativity, showmanship and speed. So racers need to wow us with their stage routine, impress us with their soapbox design and, of course, dazzle us with their showmanship.

Any Questions?


What is Red Bull Box Cart Race?

Red Bull Box Cart Race is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade box cart vehicles. Each hand-made machine is fueled by nothing but sheer courage, the force of gravity and perhaps a little Red Bull. This unique, non-motorized 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.

Teams are judged on speed, creativity and showmanship.

How much does it cost? ITS FREE!

There are still some things in this world that are free, Red Bull Box Cart Race is one of them. This event is free and open to the public.

What you CAN bring?

Blankets, baby strollers, binoculars and personal cameras

What you CAN'T bring?

No chairs, NO umbrellas or gazebos, NO weapons of any kind, NO drugs, NO food, snacks, drinks or alcohol, NO cooler boxes, NO glass containers, NO braai’s or gas braai’s, NO ladders or standing platforms, NO pets, NO tents, NO bicycles, skateboards or personal transport in the venue, NO drones.

Who can attend? Can I bring my children?

Red Bull Box Cart is FREE and open to all ages! We encourage families to attend and bring their children! However, children under the age of 14 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Can I arrange disability access

Yes – please send an email to: and we will assist you as best we can. 

When is the event?

Sunday, September, 16th 2018

10:00 AM – Pits Open. Come check out the teams and vote for your favorite!
11:00 AM – Races begins!
3:00 PM – Approximate last race
3:15 PM – Awards ceremony

This is all subject to change – please be aware the event may run over time.

How many teams are involved?

71 teams have been selected to participate on the day. Check out what they have been up to on the team pages.

What is the judging criteria?

Each team is evaluated on three criteria:

1. Creativity

It’s not enough that it actually moves. What we’re looking for is the outrageous, the preposterous, the ostentatious! Your box cart should be an extension of you, so have fun when you design it. Be wild. Be crazy. Be anything you want. Just do not be ordinary.

2. Showmanship

We said the first one to cross the finish line will be looked upon favorably, we didn’t say they’d win. That’s because when it comes to Red Bull Box Cart, speed is nothing without a little personality. So, wow us with your stage routine, impress us with your charisma and of course, dazzle us with your showmanship.

3. Speed

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.


Will there be water available?

Yes, water will be available for purchase from our vendors.

Will there be food vendors on-site?

Yes, there will be ample food vendors on-site.

Will there be first aid on-site?

Yes, a first aid station will be available near the finish line.

Will there be alcohol for purchase?

YES, there will be alcohol served at the event and available for purchase

Will there be ATM's?

No there will NOT be any ATMs on site. Please make sure you have cash on you before you arrive.

Can I bring alcohol?

NO – you will not be allowed to bring your own alcohol into the event. Please don’t bring cooler boxes either.

Can I bring my pet?

No, we ask that pets be left at home due to the number of spectators expected.
Service animals are of course welcome.

How do I follow the action online?

Visit us online at and join the conversation by using
#RedBullBoxCartRace on all social platforms!

Can I meet and get autographs from the competitors?

The pit lane open at 10:00 AM, when the gates open. Please come talk to the competitors, check out the crafts, and vote for the fan favorite!

What happens if it rains?

The Red Bull Box Cart team will determine if the course is no longer safe due to rain. If it is raining prior to the event, please check

How long is the event?

The event goes from 10:00-4:00 PM

Can I take an Uber/Taxi?

Yes, you sure can! There will be an official Uber / Taxi drop off point on the corner of Fredman and 5th Street


Can I take public transportation to Red Bull Box Cart Race?

Yes, we encourage it!


Where is the event?

Sandton Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Corner of Alice and Greyston Drive (next to Sandton Central Park)


Can I take the Gautrain?

Yes, we highly recommend that you do. There will be dedicated buses that will ferry you from the Sandton Gautrain station to a drop off point on the corner of Fredman drive and 5th Street.

Where can I park?

There will be parking at Sandton City at a flat rate of R10 for the day. You will then be able to walk down 5th avenue to the event. 

Which roads will be closed?

Road closures are as follows:

Sandton Drive between the corners of Alice and Greyston Drive from 10:00 on the 14th of September to 06:00 on the 17th of Septemeber

The intersection of Greyston and 5th Street from 05:00 to 18:00 on the 16th of September

The intersection of 5th Street and Fredman Drive  from 05:00 to 18:00 on the 16th of September

The intersection of Sandton Drive and Rivonia Road  from 05:00 to 18:00 on the 16th of September