The Red Bulletin September 2019 (UK)

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Red Bull Soapbox

The four Red Bull Soapbox judges (including

Patrick Ladbury, pictured far right)

OLAF PIGNATARO/RED BULL CONTENT POOL (4), LEO FRANCIS/RED BULL CONTENT POOL,

SAMANTHA SASKIA DUGON/RED BULL CONTENT POOL, SAM CLEMANCE

BEST OF SOAPBOX

HOMEMADE

HEROES

On July 7, some of the

craziest, coolest and (on

occasion) most well-crafted

motorless racers ever seen

hurtled down the Red Bull

Soapbox track at London’s

Alexandra Palace. Here, one

of the prestigious judges,

Patrick Ladbury of Great

Northern Rail, the official

travel partner of this year’s

race, lists his pick of the crop

APOLLO 50

“Having taken part in six Red Bull Soapbox races,

you’d think that this team would know the secret

to winning, but their rocket broke in two before it

had even left the start ramp. It was a launch-pad

disaster that nonetheless impressed all four

judges, even though the team didn’t finish.

‘Houston, they had a problem!’”

GAS GAS GAS

The winners! Apparently these guys make gas

masks for a living – hence the name – but I can’t

help wondering if they should quit and make

soapboxes full-time. They get extra points for

their zombie attack theme, too. As they neared

the finish, they must have smelt victory! Oh wait,

no, they couldn’t.”

RICCIARDO’S SHUEY

“Drinking champagne from your racing boot –

it’s an Aussie thing according to Formula One

driver Daniel Ricciardo. Unfortunately, Team

Shuey didn’t get the pleasure of that victory

celebration, as they were pretty slow. Still, they

finished in one piece, so you could say it wasn’t

completely sole-destroying (sorry, I had to).”

Racers pass through

the Great Northern

Rail train track

MIGHTY MAGNIFICENT MEN

“I certainly won’t be booking flights with this

airline any time soon. This was the best crash

of the day: a complete nose dive, a flip, and

complete and utter destruction of their aircraft.

But luckily there were no injuries, apart from

the pilots’ moustaches falling off. More Wrong

than Wright brothers.”

TEAM TOP CAT

The youth of today probably didn’t get the

vintage Hanna-Barbera cartoon reference, but

I remember watching Top Cat as a boy as I ate

my Weetabix in front of the TV on a Saturday

morning. I was impressed by this team’s speed,

and I have to give them full marks for driving

almost blind in those huge masks.”

Watch highlights from the race on Dave (dave.uktv.co.uk) and from September 7 on Red Bull TV; soapboxrace.redbull.com

THE RED BULLETIN 95

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