This Saturday, I went to watch the 2015 Red Bull Soapbox Derby in Atlanta, GA. About 2,000 feet of North Avenue were blocked off for the event, with ~1200 feet devoted to the race track.
After capturing a few mundane shots of the cars in the competition, i decided to shift gears a little bit and go for some panning shots of the soap box cars to show the motion/speed as they came down the hill.
Harry the Hawk, mascot of the Atlanta Hawks, began the festivities by running the course with the American flag during the singing of the "The Star-Spangled Banner":
Shortly after 12PM, each of the 40 soap box cars had a chance to go down the race course solo, competing both on fastest time and best skit/performance prior to the race downhill.
The team I was rooting for was the Ramblin' Wreck, a superb replica of Georgia Tech's Ramblin' Wreck (a restored Ford Model A Sports Coupe). Unfortunately, the Ramblin' Wreck popped a tire after the landing from the ramp along the course. Nevertheless, team Ramblin' Wreck pushed their way to the finish line, as seen here, much to the delight of the crowd:
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not have posted the best time in the tournament, but they had a fantastic skit (and great enthusiasm within the confines of the soap box):
A Red Bull endorsed vehicle about to head down the course. Notice the nifty suspension gear:
A wide angle view of the crow and the team called "Firefighters" making their way down:
Team "We Never Ride Dirty":
Team Chariot, which did not finish (DNF) the race. Less than a second after I captured this photo, the chariot wrecked:
Team Rollergirls Downhill Devils has an amazing looking car. Bonus points go to the detail, such as the blue shoelace and the curvature of the frame:
This is Team Yongsa's Dragon Breath, and they were incredibly fast, if this photo is any indication. Out of the 40 participants, they had the best (or second best) time overall (under 33 seconds):
Team Uber Atlanta had a beautifully minimalistic design of their car that finished in the top ten overall:
Left shark makes an appearance:
Team Because Racecar (aka, team swag/mustache):
The Big Wrench:
When I first saw this car racing downhill, my first impression was a grill on wheels:
Empire Cocktail Crafters:
At the end of the race. Are you NOT entertained???
Bonus photo as I was walking on North Avenue. This dog wins some kind of Sartorialist award for best fashion/haircut.