Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Soapbox Race

Oct 18

It's both our first time to watch the Red Bull Soapbox Race, so we were so excited. When we arrived in Dolores Park, we knew others were excited as well because a sea of people showed up. It was hard to move through the crowd and get a closer view of the race. That's probably why the committee put up huge screens in the park so that people could still follow the race from afar.

Below is a Red Bull soapbox cart. A soapbox car is a motorless vehicle capable of holding a driver built for the purpose of racing or recreation. Propelled by gravity, soapbox cars can reach upwards of 50 km/h (30 miles per hour). Originally, soapbox cars were built from wooden soap (or orange) crates and rollerskate wheels, but have grown more sophisticated over time, with materials like aluminum and fiberglass being utilized. -http://en.wikipedia.org/

It was definitely an enjoyable experience. It was fun to watch the cart's capacity to reach the finish line. Some broke down in the middle and didn't make it. More fun photos posted on my Flickr site.

"Spectators from all over came to Dolores Park to watch over 30 teams compete for Red Bull Soapbox Race fame." -http://www.redbullsoapboxusa.com/

Above is the Mission Dolores (San Francisco de Asis), the oldest building in the city. It was founded in 1795 by Franciscan missionaries and built by Native Americans.

The Women's Building, Valencia St., San Francisco.

"Home to a dozen feminist groups, the mural covering the whole building is an epic retelling of the history of women in the New World and a grand example of the Central American artistic tradition."


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