Red Bull Soapbox Race Speeds into Dallas

The Colony’s Austin Ranch to host race

By Ty Pressley
|  Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012  |  Updated 2:56 PM CDT
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Soapbox Race Speeds into Dallas

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by Ty Pressley

The Red Bull Soapbox Race, featuring some of the wildest legal street racing around, speeds into Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 15, at The Colony’s Austin Ranch.

Imagine: 44 teams competing in a treacherous downhill course featuring jumps, bumps, curves and swerves. You can almost picture the slow motion drag of the final moments; perhaps even hear the familiar tune of “Chariots of Fire” playing in the background.

Gear-heads, adrenaline junkies and the just plain crazy, have been planning, plotting, building and testing their creations for months. Hundreds submitted their ideas, and the 44 most unique and creative crafts were chosen.

Crafts range from skateboards and running shoes to a giant piece of cheese with live mice inside. Well, it’s better than having dead mice inside.

Contestants will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges on speed, creativity, and showmanship. First place receives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Formula 1 race from Red Bull’s hospitality suite.

Second place receives a day of professional, high-performance driving instructions on a closed professional course for all team members. Third place receives a day at their local go-kart track for all team members and a guest.

The Dallas event will be the 13th U.S. Red Bull Soapbox Race to ever take place, with the first stateside race held in St. Louis in 2006. The global event dates back to 2000, when it first took place in Belgium, and has since visited almost 30 countries.

Ty Pressley hails from the world of corporate communications and public relations. He is a Dallas native and avid Cowboys' fan.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.

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