The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby, an annual event for the past 22 years, will roll on, though a little differently than in past years. Instead of filling Mt. Tabor Park with racers, volunteers and spectators, a Tabletop Tabor mini-mountain model is being built on which this year’s shoebox derby will take place.
The 15-foot tall, 136-foot length model will mimic the usual course’s curves (including the popular “blood alley”), straightaways and excitement.
Taking place on its traditional third Saturday, this year August 15, the 1-5 pm race day will be live-streamed and include racer interviews, a live video of the “pits” and footage from past races.
Race viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the Best Art Car and Crowd Favorite awards and of course, the Science/Speed winner will be awarded reign of the mini-Mt. Tabor.
In lieu of the food carts usually present on race day, the Derby will provide information about race day food and drink specials available for pickup and delivery throughout Portland.
See the site soapboxracer.com or the Derby’s Facebook page for details about the event. The livestream event will be available on both YouTube and Facebook. T-shirts, sweatshirts, stickers and patches are being sold online, with proceeds benefitting the race’s sponsors.