Soapbox or gravity racer is the race where homemade cars powered by gravity, race each other down the twists and turns... The car doesn't have engines, gas, batteries and uses only human power.. The construction can be of any shape and material, provided they weigh less than 80kg and compile with the dimension limits. That's, less than 6ft wide, 7ft tall, less than 20ft in length and 7in or more from ground. They will be given a push to get off the ramp. The teams will be evaluated based on speed, creativity and showmanship.
After watching so many promos on TV for more than 3 months, we planned to attend this event... The race was last Dec, at Mount Mary Road, Bandra. One of my cousins joined us this time.. Wondering if we would get parking at the venue, we parked our car near Leelavathi Hospital and my cousin took us through those narrow lanes of Bandra, which would reach us directly to Mount Mary church. Its almost a km walk and we somehow managed to reach on time dragging our legs...
|Jugdges Cricketer BS Sandhu, Malini of MissMalini.com and Kunal Vijaykar|
Host Cyrus Broacha, started the guest soapboxes of HT, History channel, Red FM and few more
Then drew in Ramona Arena, in her Redbull mini cooper
Followed by Imran Khan and Vishal Bharadwaj to promote their movie Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola with their Gulabo soapbox
Finally here come the contestant soapboxes... Each team were given a min to perform before they start off with the race. Then, they were given a push to get off the ramp, the contestant would reach the final goal crossing the twists, turns and hassles. The best and funniest part of the race is, due to their low weight they tend to roll down at the first ramp itself..
|Team Feni Talks|
|All women Team Don't call me Cute|
|Team Hot Head Ironz|
|Team Naughty Pirates|
|Team Pune Stealth Bombs|
|Team Vada Pav|
|Another Vada Pav|
|Team Lather Kings|
|Team Rath Wrath|
|Team Crank Heads|
|Team One Way Down|
|The Death Racers|
|Team Star Wars|
|Team Ruparel Roackers|
Then were few awesome bike stunts, flag offed by actor and VJ, Rannvijay Singh ..
It was already 3:30 and there were lot more soapboxes to go, so we thought of leaving. On the way visited Mount Mary Church and headed back home.