Join us for the first ever Adult Soap Box Derby off the Booker T. Washington Bridge downtown Hampton! Can you imagine the fun...what will you design?
Race Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Place: Booker T. Washington Bridge & Settler’s Landing Road
Registration Deadline July 22 – We must have a minimum of 10 cars registered or race will be cancelled.
Mission: Our mission is to provide a fun event for the entire community that is family friendly and enjoyable for all ages. Our primary goal is to have fun!
Why a soapbox derby? A soapbox derby is a fun event that is GREEN! It is a GRAVITY POWERED event, fueled only by the creativity and imagination of the participants!
Who can participate? Participation will be limited to 30 teams of adults (18+). The entry fee for each team will be $50, non-refundable and due prior to the race. Teams will enter one of two categories, Art or Speed. Awards will be given out in each category. Each team will be assigned a number two weeks prior to the event, or specific numbers may be requested on first come first served basis, for an additional $10. Purchase of a number will also secure rights to that number in next year’s event. Each team will consist of a minimum of three adults, a driver, pit crew member and at least one volunteer. Each speed entry will race no more than one driver in the vehicle. Art entries may have up to two in the vehicle. The volunteer must arrive early and work during the entire event. With a full field of 30 vehicles, this will provide for an immediate volunteer base of at least 30 volunteers. Failure to provide a volunteer will result in disqualification.
Course Description: The course will run from the top of the Booker T. Washington Bridge going west on Settler’s Landing Road to the middle of the street between Wine and King Street, requiring road closure during the race. Ingress and egress for hotel/brewery guests will be limited, but available between races on a predetermined schedule. We expect each race to last less than 3 minutes. The entire course is approximately 1/4 miles in length
Speed Cars will race competitively. Races will consist of two vehicles at a time. Each team will run the course 3 times, alternating lanes between runs. Speed teams will be timed, with a total time of all three heats determining the fastest 8 vehicles to advance to the Championship rounds. Championship races will be single elimination brackets, starting with quarterfinals, using standard seeding (ie No 1 fastest vs No 8 fastest, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6 and 4 vs 5). The high seed will be given the choice of lane. Losing vehicles from the semifinal round will race each other for 3rd place, while the winners will race for 1st and 2nd
Art cars will not be timed. Their objective is to entertain, not to win a speed challenge. Art cars will compete based upon creativity and team spirit, use your imagination, have fun with your design, just keep it “PG’ for the kids in the crowd.
Is speed the only objective? No, the primary objective is FUN! This means fun for the participants and the bystanders. Teams may choose to focus on either Art or Speed. Designing something outrageous, creative, slow, fast, wacky or wild will add both entertainment and amusement to the race. The event is designed to bring out the competitive instinct in all team members, during the design and construction stages as well as on race day! As we tell our kids....please “do your best”!
How will the course be staffed? Each team will provide at least one volunteer to man the race. Additionally, local service organizations will be asked to participate by assisting with the course management duties. Organizers welcome the support of volunteers within our community.
Will there be food and beverage vendors? Yes. There will be food and beverages available for purchase.
Will alcohol be permitted? Yes. Beer and wine will be sold. This is not a BYOB event.
Safety: We would like this to be an accident free and fun event. It is the responsibility of all team captains to ensure that their teams race in a controlled and safe manner, for the entire length of the event. If any vehicle is determined by the race staff to be unsafe, it may be disqualified from the race without refund. If any team is acting in an unsafe manner, they too may be disqualified at the discretion of the race organizers. Medical personnel will be on duty to provide assistance if needed.
Scrutineering Day: Administrative and Technical checks, to ensure the car’s compliance, will take place on July 22. All cars must participate in this check to be granted approval to compete. This will also serve as a promotional tool to display the cars to the viewing public as part of the build up to the event two weeks later. A team representative must also attend a short rules briefing on both scrutineering and race days.
Team members are encouraged to dress in a manner that exudes team spirit and enthusiasm! Have fun building your car...and have fun entertaining the crowd!
ALL VEHICLES WILL BE INSPECTED PRIOR TO RACE DAY. TEAMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND PRE-RACE SAFETY INSPECTION AND TESTING ON JULY 22 IN DOWNTOWN HAMPTON. A PERFORMANCE-BASED TEST OF STEERING, STOPPING AND TOWING WILL BE CONDUCTED. VEHICLES MUST BE CONSTRUCTED IN A SAFE, WORKMAN-LIKE MANNER AND MUST BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND THE RIGORS OF MULTIPLE RACE HEATS. UNSAFE VEHICLES MAY BE DISQUALIFIED AT THE DISCRETION OF RACE OFFICIALS. ALL VEHICLES MUST BE TESTED AT RACE WEIGHT.
RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE RACE COMMITTEE
REGISTRATION --- https://www.athlinks.com/event/downtown-hampton-adult-soap-box-derby-201637
Information call 757-727-1271 or email email@example.com
*With support of the City of Hampton Love Your City Event Grant
Award ceremony starting at 6pm
Concert free for all ages starting at 7pm with Buddha Council and 9pm The Pietasters
Children's Area 6-8pm
Food & Beverage for purchase
Special Thanks to our sponsors: Bud Light, Devil's Backbone, Spiked Seltzer, App-a-Cab, and "Turn your knob to BOB" - 93.7 BOB FM; US 106.1 New Country, 96X Modern Alternative, 96.5 ROCKS!, 790 AM WNIS Newstalk Radio, and Sports Radio AM 850 WTAR. “With the support of the City of Hampton Love Your City Event Grant Program.”
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