Soapbox Derby

Particpants in the Soapbox Derby race motorless, improvised cars. Various Soapbox Derby events take place internationally.

Organizers are now accepting applications for the Red Bull Soapbox Race, which will take place this fall in The Colony.

Seventy teams will be accepted. Perhaps the most entertaining team has already reserved a spot.

The Colony City Manager Troy Powell said Tuesday he and Councilman Perry Schrag will enter a car in the derby, set for Sept. 28 at Austin Ranch. Applications are due July 15.

The soapbox race features teams in homemade, non-engine cars racing through a downhill course filled with obstacles.

Teams are judged on speed, creativity of their car and showmanship.

The Colony last hosted the soapbox race in 2012, and last fall officials from Red Bull and Hangman Productions met with city leaders to gauge interest in bringing the event back.

“This year we decided instead of just hosting the event we wanted to be part of the event,” Powell said.

Powell said the city will build a car, with Schrag driving it and Powell likely riding shotgun.

Powell said the 2012 event drew 60,000 people, so he sees the possibilities in promoting the city given the city’s car is captured on video.

“Our goal is to make the video,” Powell said. “If you look back at the previous videos, some of them have been viewed over a million times. Our vehicle will have ‘The Colony’ all over it.”

He said the city is looking at doing a reproduction of the General, an old fire truck in The Colony, that shoots water. He said volunteer hours will be used to build the car, and he said Lakeside Community Theatre will design costumes for him and Schrag.

“I’ve watched these videos from the past, and I’ve never seen one government body at all that’s involved in the event,” Powell said. “So I think it’ll send the signal that we’re fun, we like to have fun, we don’t take ourselves too seriously and also be a good way to advertise our community for a really low price.”

Powell said the car – what’s left of it – will be on display after the event.

“And with Perry driving, it probably won’t make it that far,” Powell said.

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