Soapbox Racing Takes Off In Hong Kong

7:51 AM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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Thousands of spectators lined up to witness Hong Kong take the crown in the city's first Red Bull Soapbox Race on Sunday (Oct 14).

The teams were judged on creativity, showmanship and speed.

Food seemed to be a recurring theme, such as the 'Hot Pot' team, dressed as shrimp, bacon, and squid, although they admitted they spent more time on the decoration than the mechanical aspects.

"Actually, we bought this (frame) in China. We modified a little bit," said team engineer, Phillip Shek.

Representing the meat industry, Terry Tang said that his boss had invested time and money to create their ride -- a butcher's shop on wheels, complete with raw meat dangling from hooks.

"It's a local butcher, and I'm actually a butcher. So my company sponsors me. So we got to win this race. If I win this race today, I will get a promotion. I will be the head butcher today," said Tang.

(Hong Kong)  --  The Mexican-inspired skull-shaped vehicle, won over the judges out of 42 competing teams. Despite the Latin inspiration, the victorious team was Hong Kong-based 'Outsign Lab'.

It scored 121 points out of the 150 available, careering down a course in Shatin, in Hong Kong's New Territories, in front of more than 35,000 spectators.

"Going down was actually scary, because it was slippery, and we weren't expecting that. Building this thing was definitely hard work, but it all pays off for this event. We enjoyed it as much as, hopefully everyone here," said an ecstatic Timothy Wong after being awarded first place.

Local student, Michael Tang, said although he wouldn't risk it himself, he was impressed to see so many Hong Kong references in its inaugural race.

"Yes, they are just crazy, totally crazy. But they inserted very much Hong Kong elements into it," said Tang.

The winning team will enjoy a trip to the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix next month and a meeting with Formula 3 racing driver Carlos Sainz.

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