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PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

It’s Friday so I figured it was a perfect time to feature some Portland zaniness from last weekend. Out at Mt. Tabor they held the annual PDX Adult Soapbox Derby, one of those only-in-Portland events. Participants range from serious aerodynamic wonders to fantastical costumes on wheels. The cases and cases of PBR, split equally between spectators and the “athletes” should give you an indication of the seriousness of the competition. The runs are thrilling, with these masses of materials – not necessarily the most stable and steerable – hurtling down the slopes of Mt. Tabor. If you ever get a chance to check it out, definitely do. And when you do, be sure to walk to the summit, at least for part of the day, to check out the pits and appreciate all of the detail/ effort that you miss as the racers fly by.

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

The “Nut Huggers,” my favorite on the day.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

My camera didn’t appreciate the trend of racers spraying the crowd. Fortunately, I got lucky and didn’t get hit.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

These guys were willing it around the corner.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

These guys looked to be on their way to victory but then I saw those pristine front wheels busted at the finish line. They must have crashed somewhere along the way.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

This poor guy was going so slowly that he may not have made it to the bottom. Note for future participants – no tractor/ lawnmower/ wheelbarrow tires.
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PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

You’re missing out on the Lederhosen here.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

This guy just came flying down on a longboard between two heats.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

Hilarious charts & graphs in this photo.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

Mario!!!
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011

PDX Adult Soapbox Derby 2011