Once a year, Portlanders convene on the slopes of Mt. Tabor as it transforms into a raceway for the annual Portland Adult Soapbox Derby. Some are there to put their homemade, human-powered vehicles to the test. Others are there to simply enjoy the show.
This year, the derby must go on in a new way. Instead of taking to the tops of Tabor, the derby is featuring mini shoebox style cars on a homemade track. This isn’t your child’s hot wheels track. It’s being deemed the mini-mountain model of monolithic proportions. The track is a custom built 136 foot long track with a 13 foot tall start.
The Soapbox Derby has collected homemade cars from community members who submitted their best creations for the event. In past years, more than 40 teams of racers have participated in the soapbox derby.
The cars and race will be showcased for all the see on Saturday, August 15 from 1-5 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages to view. You can tune in to the live event at the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby’s Youtube Channel and Facebook.
For more information, visit the website at www.soapboxracer.com.
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