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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Red Bull Gives You Wheels
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My dad loves watching the Formula 1 Grand Prix. During the season's run, every Sunday without fail he takes claim of the sitting room telly and plonks himself down for three hours of motor cars going round in circles.

Although he no longer does it now, when he was younger, he used to be quite a tinkerer with motors, taking them apart, figuring out how they worked, and then putting it back together again (whether the engine worked afterwards is an entirely different matter). Perhaps he would have been better off sticking to soapbox cars.

If like my dad, you love motor racing, but not a fantastic engineer, then the Red Bull Soapbox Race may just be the thing for you. Far better than just watching the cars go round the track, now it is your turn to get behind the wheel of your very own self-made soapbox racer.

The Red Bull Soapbox Race is an international event for amateur drivers to race in homemade soapbox vehicles. Even if you're not a dab hand with engines, that does not matter, as it is a a non-motorised event, fuelled by nothing but courage, determination and 'The Force' (of gravity) as you compete against the clock in the downhill race at Alexandra Palace. The main challenge is to create a vehicle that is unique and completely outrageous in design. You will be judged not only on speed, but also creativity and showmanship - winning the race does not guarantee winning the competition.

You have until the 31st March to apply with your design, and then until the 14th July, when the race take place, to build your soapbox. Even if you are not much of a builder, you can still have a great time by watching the race as part of the audience.
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Why? Mad, creative, adrenaline pumping fun
When: 14th July
Where: Alexandra Palace
Cost: Price of building materials
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