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Weekend Update – The Yesterday Was Derby Day Edition

>> Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekend Update

Three years ago we heard about the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby and since it was a weekend we didn't have much planned we decided to stop by and watch a couple of the races. We ended up staying the whole day and it’s been an event we've planned the third Saturday of August around ever since.

And so it began. In the heat of the summer of 1997, six men climbed to the top of Mt Tabor pulling their creations of death and destruction behind them. It was early in the day yet the smell of beer and sweat already filled the air. They lined their impossible vehicles up and strapped on their glasses , helmets and the PDX Adult SoapBox Derby was born. Mt. Tabor and for that matter, Portland Oregon, would never be the same.

This is such a fun event. There are two divisions of teams those for speed (aka the really insane guys) and the ‘art’ division which is just all kinds of wackiness.

As always - click on the photos to see a larger version.

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby 2014

My favorite two cars this year were Mrs. PotatoHead and The Starship Enterprise.

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby 2014

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby 2014

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby 2014

The Mystery Machine was back this year too!

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby 2014
It’s weird, It’s fun, It’s a little disturbing at time (I’m still trying to unsee the Zardoz car).

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby 2014

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby 2014
"Water-skiing" down Mt. Tabor

It’s a little dangerous. We saw a few crashes and at one point were preparing to turn and run but the car swerved the other way.

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby 2014
The red car on the left crashed (at least) twice.
Good thing he built it with a roll cage

I can’t wait until next year!

Portland Adult Soapbox Derby 2014

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Melissa 8/17/2014 12:20 PM  

Those are some wild cars! My niece is a Soap Box Derby racer - she competed in the World Championships at Akron this year. I've sent her this post to check out these cars.

Beth F 8/18/2014 2:54 AM  

Looks like a lot of fun!

chris malone 12/20/2014 10:19 AM  

Hi, thanks for liking my car the enterprise, wish i had gone with better wheels in the back, was actually doing pretty good for an art car. Planning on doing something from star wars next, but its not what you would think. Its going to be a surprise i think you will like.

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