1 July 2013

India's 1st Red Bull Soapbox Race

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...
As we entered from back stage, we got to checkout the participants busy with their preparations... The event started off with the carnival...
Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull Soapbox
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
Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull Soapbox
 Then drew in Ramona Arena, in her Redbull mini cooper
Red Bull Soapbox
Followed by Imran Khan and Vishal Bharadwaj to promote their movie Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola with their Gulabo soapbox
Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull 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.. 

Red Bull Soapbox
Team Feni Talks
Red Bull Soapbox
All women Team Don't call me Cute
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Hot Head Ironz
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Harleen
Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull Soapbox
Team Innovators
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Naughty Pirates
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Pune Stealth Bombs
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Vada Pav 
Red Bull Soapbox
Another Vada Pav
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Lather Kings
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Rath Wrath
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Crank Heads
Red Bull Soapbox
Team One Way Down
Red Bull Soapbox
The Death Racers
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Star Wars
Red Bull Soapbox
Team Ruparel Roackers
 Then were few awesome bike stunts, flag offed by actor and VJ, Rannvijay Singh .. 
Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull Soapbox

Red Bull Soapbox
 More Bollywood celebs
Red Bull Soapbox
Harshad Warsi with family
Red Bull Soapbox
Arunoday Singh
Red Bull Soapbox
Lisa Haydon
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.
Linked to Our World Tuesday., Tuesday Around The WorldOutdoor WednesdayWherever Wednesday, ABC Wednesday C As in Carnival

45 comments:

  1. Wow...that looks like an awesome event. Thanks for sharing the pics...I can feel the excitement in those pictures.

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  2. Must have been a fun filled day!! You have captured the ambiance beautifully!

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  3. Thank you Shoshana and Magiceye...

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  4. Wonderful coverage of the event. Looks like lot of fun.

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  5. What a fun filled event. Wish I could attend too.

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  6. What fun pictures from the race!

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  7. great coverage on the event.

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  8. such a comedic race with splendid actions!
    superb post!

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  9. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. What great fun. Loved the photos. Some of those carts were amazing.

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  11. These are so fun! What a great event!!

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  12. Neat event! Love all the creative cars!

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  13. It was, Kim....Thanks for dropping in..

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  14. How fun does that look! So surprised to see Darth Vader in that video. LOL!

    If you are looking for another place to link up this post, I'd love it if you would add it to Wherever Wednesday (http://texifornia.blogspot.com/2013/07/this-is-wherever-wednesday.html). :-)

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  15. Thank you, Gale. Will be glad to link this to Wherever Wednesday....

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  16. a simply fabulous post !! very nice photographs :)

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  17. It sounds like so much fun!

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  18. True Mridula, especially when those carts collapse... You can find them in the video...

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  19. wow! an awesome event.well covered.

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  20. Thanks for visiting me, I am so happy to have called by your blog, you have some amazing pictures to look at. I really feel as if I have been to that fabulous race! The pink pig and the turquoise butterfly! wonderful.

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  21. Thank you Miriam... That was of course a fun event, hope you enjoyed the video as well..

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  22. What a fun series of photos....very colorful

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  23. How exciting and fun. I love all the different cars and decorations.

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  24. My children and grandchildren took part in annual soapbox races, - but nothing as fancy and elegant as these creations.

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    1. Oh really, they must be very creative indeed... I too hope to participate sometime...

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  25. plenty of cars and celebs
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  26. Wow looks like lots of fun!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  27. Wow! That was a spectacular carnival!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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