When I found myself surrounded by homemade, hill-powered vehicles, decorated with handcrafted flair, I wondered what had taken me so long. Distractions aside, my mission was to find Dash. For the sake of his reputation as an educator, we decided on identifying him with one name only.
The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is an all-volunteer run race event that typically takes place the 3rd Saturday in August each year. Racers compete head-to-head in gravity-driven vehicles of their own making as they make their way down the seven-eights of a mile track. Racers register their cars in either speed or art categories.
Now in it's 14th year, the Portland Adult Soabox Derby is a chance for the Portland community to gather together and enjoy a day of local creativity in art, science and engineering. Tabor Park an extinct volcano! The cars race in heats of 3, competing for speed, art, engineering, crowd pleaser awards and more.
Tags: summercult statusspectator sportsbe PDX. Put down your video game controllers and step away from your Mario Kart. Taboran extinct volcano that is now a forested urban park in Southeast Portland.
Groups clad in costumes of superheroes and ninja turtles trek uphill with their DIY, lavishly decorated gravity vehicles. The urban volcano of Mt. Tabor is transformed into a race course where participants compete against each other in this epic soapbox derby.
Saturday, August 17, From Portland Analog Photography. Are you going?
Over the weekend I experienced an event here in Portland that was super fun and definitely super funky: The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby. That is until I heard a knock at my front door… Standing in front of me and my grungiest house cleaning outfit was a dear friend who just so happens to be a faithful derby lover and homegrown Portlander. On our way there I wanted to learn a little more so I pulled out my phone and consulted my very informative and good friend, Google.
InZenk and Foren assembled a group of six racers, made their way to the top of Mount Tabor, and flew down the side of the volcano to their deaths. Well, not really to their deaths; more like to the birth of the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby as we know it and love it today. Twenty years later, more than 40 teams hand-build cars read: vehicles each year to race on a closed course where the soapbox cars can only be powered with a single push to the top of Mt. Tabor and by letting gravity take care of the rest.
Image Source. Sincespectators and participants alike have gathered at Mt Tabor Park to be a part of the annual event where homemade soapbox cars race down the hill to the cheers of the crowd. In true Portland fashion, the derby is less about winning and more about spending time together as a community and sharing your creativity and design with others.