Vancouver fans take a ride into The Danger Zone at Red Bull Soapbox



    
    Top Gun inspired team awarded the checkered flag by the 32,000 spectators
    in attendance
    

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - For its Canadian premiere, Red Bull Soapbox
rolled into Vancouver today, overcoming speed bumps and creating traffic jams
along West 4th Avenue - from Vine to Burrard. The roads were steep and
pavement hot, but it was only one team that won the crowd over. Team Danger
Zone didn't lose that loving feeling as over 32,000 spectators stood by and
watched them serenade the audience and burn rubber in their homemade car - a
replica of Top Gun's fighter plane, the F-14 Tomcat. Revving their creativity
and showmanship team Danger Zone not only made the Red Bull Soapbox history
books as the first-ever Canadian People's Choice winners, but won an
unforgettable paragliding experience for the whole team. They've taken the
road, now it's time to take it to the skies...for real!
    "We are pretty stoked," said Wes Baker, driver of The Danger Zone. "It's
been a great weekend. We put a lot of effort into this so it's great to see
that everyone appreciated it. We had so much fun."
    Not to be confused with your typical soapbox derby, Red Bull Soapbox is
an international race with its own unique set of rules. Fifty teams of up to
four people spent months sketching and building their entirely human-powered
(no external energy sources allowed!) soapbox joyrides and today put the pedal
to the homemade medal along the 520 metre long Vancouver course. But speed was
not the only criteria for victory! Teams had to shift their imaginations into
overdrive because creativity and showmanship were just as important to the
judges as the nuts and bolts!
    After singing Splish Splash, Gold Shower - a vintage tub and shower
donned with golden accessories including rubber duckies - earned themselves
first place and took home an ultimate Formula One experience. Designed with
the Munsters in mind, the Grave Diggers rolled into second place in their
homemade pine box taking home an ultimate driving weekend at one of the most
challenging courses in the country. Third place and a prize of a day of
go-karting for the entire team, was awarded to the White Snakes, a homemade
car equipped with electric guitars and even involved an 80s grunge groupie
following.
    From the outrageous to the courageous, 50 teams competed in the ultimate
drag-race displaying some impressive speedway savvy, while others experienced
a fender bender or two! Between flying penguins, piranhas in trauma to a giant
ghetto blaster there to show their racing skills (with flair, of course!) the
judges had a difficult decision to make.
    "This was way more fun than I ever could have imagined," said Trevor
Boris, host of MuchMusic's Video on Trial. "The event was done on such a
bigger scale than I ever expected. The teams poured their hearts and soul into
this and the crowd could not have been more into it."
    But that's not all! Some notable personalities fastened their helmets and
put their driving skills to test for charity. Gordon Campbell, Premier of
B.C., left Geroy Simon, CFL BC Lion in his dust and donated his $1,000
winnings to Literacy BC while Simon gave his second prize of $500 to Cops for
Cancer. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles of Supernatural also suited up for
the competition and with a nail biting finish, Padalecki claimed victory in
support of Doctors Without Borders while Ackles gave his prize to St. Jude's
Children Research Hospital.
    Although this was the first-ever Canadian race, Red Bull Soapbox boasts
over 100 races in 30 countries in its tool belt, with the first checkered flag
waved in Brussels in the year 2000.

    For more information, to see team bios or to play the Red Bull Soapbox
game visit www.redbullsoapbox.ca

    
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    Live Satellite Coordinates:
    DATE OF FEED:      Sunday, September 7, 2008
    TIME OF FEED:      11:00 PM ET
    CO-ORDINATES:      Anik F2C/5B - C-Band 36Mhz Analog
                       Orbital Location: 111 degrees West
                       Downlink: 3900 V
                       Audio Subcarriers: 6.8 & 6.2

    Repeat Feed Satellite Coordinates:
    DATE OF FEED:      Monday, September 8, 2008
    TIME OF FEED:      7:00 AM ET
    CO-ORDINATES:      Anik F2C/5B - C-Band 36Mhz Analog
                       Orbital Location: 111 degrees West
                       Downlink: 3900 V
                       Audio Subcarriers: 6.8 & 6.2

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    DATE:              Monday, September 8, 2008
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