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the skunks of los feliz
3.19.2005
 

Soap-box racing.

The term conjures up images of helmeted tykes hurtling down hills in plywood boxes, tearful little boys with painful cases of asphalt burn, and that Hummer ad with the smug kid who wins the race by cheating (not to mention being the subject of one of the best Simpson's episodes ever).

In other words, soap-box racing kicks ass. But isn't it a dying sport?

Not in Silver Lake, which will, on June 18, play host to the annual Silver Lake Downhill Derby. The derby, which will feature a showdown between gravity-powered car racers from across the near Eastside, is open to all comers.

Those interested in piloting their own little capsule o' death down one of Silver Lake's steepest hills, please click here to fill out a very comprehensive liability release/application.

Good luck, and Godspeed.
 
Comments:
It still might be a dying sport as last year's Silver Lake Downhill Derby was first postponed and then canceled (or further postponed to this year) due to lack of entrants. I was gungho to enter until I realized how much work it is to build one of those deathtraps — I mean racers.
 
Yeah, there's no way in hell that I would do it, but there's got to be somebody who will take it to the streets for guts and glory.

Right?
 
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