The PDX Adult Soapbox Derby

I dare you to not laugh with joy at this colorful and playful Portland event – the PDX Adult Soapbox Derby.

Every year since 1997, this community-grown and powered event has been a beloved summertime tradition. A mix of folks with a strong sense of play gather at the summit of Mount Tabor and let gravity pull them into a mad race to the bottom of the hill. Racing teams bring everything from crafty engineers to enthusiastic racers to Mt. Tabor’s slopes.

The event is now in its 8th year, and is organized by 100+ volunteers. It draws crowds of up to 10,000 people to watch, cheer and laugh at the spectacle of roughly 40 coaster cars driven only by gravity, design and attitude.

Many bring kids, pets and picnic meals to better enjoy the festivities. However, strollers are discouraged, and pets must be leashed, due to restricted space. Some concessions are always available for spectators.

Rules state that derby teams must coast down the course three times before the championship rounds. Awards are dished out in categories from aesthetics to engineering and speed. There’s even an award for crowd favorites.

The PDX Adult Soapbox Derby is customarily held the third Saturday in the month of August. There is no admission cost.

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Rick reynolds 96dpi


9 months ago

Fantastically fun "Keep Portland Weird" event! :)

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