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Soapbox Race 2016.

Cork, 5th June - 12pm

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We never thought we'd see a giant breakfast roll hurtling down Patrick's Hill at 50kph!

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Team Box

Position

Teams

Score

1

Jumbo Breakfast Roll

64

2

Irish Air Corps

63

3

Daddy Slow Down!

62

4

Red FM Rebel Rocket

61

5

Team Hercules

60

6

The Green Machine

59

7

Hot to Trott

58

8

Midleton Fire & Rescue

57

9

The Holiest Show on Earth

56

10

The Headcases

55

11

The Signmaker

54

12

The Threaded Terror

53

13

Rebel Alliance

52

14

Reardens Racer

51

15

Iron Man

50

16

Mr. Sir. Sofishticated

48

17

Wheela-Na-Gig

47

18

The Rebellion Job

46

19

Raging Kayak

46

20

House of Horrors

44

21

Lightning McQueen

42

22

R2D2's Revenge

41

23

ECTO - Ghostbusters

40

24

The Tumbler

39

25

Crisis in A&E

38

26

Trashanator 5000

37

27

Perf-Former

36

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05/06/2016

Jumbo Breakfast Roll victorious at Red Bull Soapbox Race 2016

Sunday 05. June 2016

Jumbo Breakfast Roll victorious at Red Bull Soapbox Race 2016

We never thought we’d see a giant breakfast roll hurtling down Cork’s steepest hill at 50kph!

A large crowd gathered on St Patrick’s Hill, Co Cork to watch over 60 crazy drivers and their even crazier home-made vehicles race down the hill from top to bottom. Following in the footsteps of the 2004 Red Bull Soapbox Race winners, this year’s event saw another team from Wexford take the top spot on the podium. We caught up with a very elated Nigel Molloy from New Ross who was the driver of this year’s winning car – The Jumbo Breakfast Roll – to see how he is feeling and more importantly where the inspiration for this genius soapbox came from.

How long did the Jumbo Breakfast Roll take to design and construct?
We spend the past four to five weeks trying to come up an idea and a design that would be tough enough to get us to the bottom. We spend a good bit of time looking at what worked in previous years.

There must be a fair bit of engineering involved?
Yes, there really was. We had to do a good bit of testing. After the first couple of test runs we had to go back and re-make elements of it as we managed to break some parts. One we got a really good frame. Good steering and working brakes we were off. We knew the vehicle would work then so we just focused on the design around it from then on.

Where did you practice? And were there any major mishaps?
We went to our local park , Kennedy Park which has a viewing point and a pretty steep hill down from there that’s about a mile and half long so we testing the Jumbo Breakfast Roll there. The surface isn’t great in a places and we put in a couple of jumps so it was definitely a good place to test things out. The first time we went over a jump nearly ended in disaster – we did a lot of damage to the car!! We went back and changed a few things then and we got it right in the end.

How many people were involved in building your soapbox?
There were five of us on the team and we all come from engineering and mechanical backgrounds. Two of us are also rally drivers. Between us all, we had everything we needed.

What made the Jumbo Breakfast Roll stand out from the rest?
I think it was a mixture of everything. We wanted to go for something really Irish so that’s why we decided on the Jumbo Breakfast Roll, you can’t get more Irish than that so that definitely helped us out when it came to winning the public vote.

How long did it actually take you to get down St. Patrick’s Hill? And what kind of speed do you reckon you managed to hit?
I think it took about 40 or 50 seconds from start to finish. We managed to hit 65kph during testing but we didn’t get that at the actual race as the hill isn’t straight but I definitely hit about 50kph.

What was the atmosphere like at the start line?
The whole weekend has been amazing. I hadn’t seen the hill until last night, we were all so nervous but the sheer buzz at the start line is just incredible.

How did it feel to fly down the hill in a car you had been a part of designing and building?
I was really nervous at the start but all fear disappeared. Winning was such a buzz.

Did you have a strategy for the big day?
We were very nervous going out this morning as it is so steep. We just wanted to do as best we can. We knew we had a good car, we weren’t sure we were going to be the fastest but we just wanted to get to the bottom.

Is the car still in one piece after the race today?
Oh ye, we are all still in one piece and so is the car!

Will you be back to defend your title?
We will definitely be back, we had such an incredible experience.

If you could give one piece of advice to people thinking of doing a Red Bull Soapbox Race, what would it be?
I think you need to come up with mad ideas. It has to be something different. You need to stand out, that definitely helped us with the public vote. You have to be different to win it.

28/05/2016

Red Bull Soapbox Race Cork 2016 - Event Guide

Saturday 28. May 2016

Red Bull Soapbox Race Cork 2016 - Event Guide

Red Bull Soapbox Race 2016 – The event will take place on St. Patrick’s Hill in Cork on 5th June 2016

Site open – 11:30am
Show time – 12pm – 4pm
Admission – IT IS A FREE EVENT

There will be public access to the pit lanes from 9am to 11am on the morning of the race.

Public Viewing areas – Signage will be placed by the organisers to direct pedestrians on access and egress of the event

Main Public Viewing areas – with large screens
•St. Patrick’s Quay
•Camden Place/Camden Quay
•MacCurtain Street.
•Coburg Street.

Limited Public Viewing areas – with large screens
•St. Patrick’s Hill
•Bridge Street.

Limited Public Viewing Areas – without large screens
•Hardwick Street.
•Wellington Road/St. Patrick’s Place.

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NOTE: There will be no pedestrian access to the event from the top of St. Patrick’s Hill and there will be no pedestrian access to Patrick’s Bridge from 10am until 5pm on Sunday, 5th June

Viewing area for persons with disability
•There will be a designated disabled viewing area on Patrick’s Quay beside Patrick’s Bridge with access to Patrick’s Quay via the Brian Boru bridge end.
•There will also be a designated disabled viewing area on Camden Place beside Patrick’s Bridge with access to Camden place via the Christy Ring Bridge end.

Alcohol
Red Bull Soapbox Race is a family event and the consumption of alcohol will not be permitted on the public event site.

 

Vehicular Traffic
Temporary signage will be placed by Cork City Council to advise motorists of impending diversions
Road closure orders will be in place on the following streets:
•St. Patrick’s Hill & Bridge Street between midnight Friday 3rd June and 10pm Sunday 5th June (local access only to Audley Place)
•St. Patrick’s Bridge between 4.00 am Saturday 4th June & 10.00 pm Sunday 5th June
•Richmond Hill, Hardwick Street, Leitrim Street (Lower), Devonshire Street, Coburg Street, Pine Street, Camden Place, Wellington Road (Lower)/St. Patrick’s Place, MacCurtain Street, and St. Patrick’s Quay between 10.00am & 5.00pm on Sunday 5th June
•There will also be restricted/local access to other surrounding and nearby roads, please contact redbullsoapboxcork@gmail.com for further information

Parking
There will be no parking permitted on any of the roads listed above during the closures. in the interest of safety, any unauthorised vehicles parked in these areas will be removed.

Elsewhere in Cork the normal parking availability and restrictions apply.
Car parking facilities will be available at:
•Paul Street Shopping Centre
•Merchant’s Quay – Parnell Place
•Lapp’s Quay
•Grand Parade
•South Main Street
•St Finbarre’s – Wandesford Quay
•Woods Street
•City Hall – Eglington Street
•Cork Kent Train Station

Public Transport
Red Bull and An Garda Síochána wish to encourage patrons to use public transport to access the event. Plan your journey here

Train – Cork Kent Train Station is 15 minutes walk from St. Patrick’s Street and a full list of routes and fares can be found here

Bus – Full bus timetables are available at the Bus Éireann website
Cork City Council have advised that St. Patricks Bridge, McCurtain Street will be closed to traffic from 05.00-17.00 hours approximately on Sunday, 5th June, 2016 to facilitate the holding of the Red Bull Soapbox.

Passengers should note the following:

Route 202 inbound will not serve bus stop on Camden Quay:  Passengers may alight service in Merchants Quay.
Routes : 203 & 215 inbound will not serve bus stop on Camden Quay:  Passengers may alight service in St. Patrick Street.
Route 205 from CIT to Kent Station will not serve bus stop on McCurtain Street. Service will serve Bus Stop on Lower Glanmire Road (Kent Station).
Route 207 from St. Patrick Street to Ballyvolane will not serve bus stops on McCurtain Street, Summerhill North, Ballyhooly Road.  Passengers may join Route 207 outbound in St. Patrick’s Street/Lavitts Quay or at bus stops along the diversion route.
Route 207 from Ballyvolane to St. Patrick’s Street unaffected.
Route 208 from St. Patrick Street to Lotabeg will not serve bus stops on McCurtain Street, Summerhill North, Ballyhooly Road, Dillons Cross,  Old Youghal Road (St. Joseph’s Church/Mayfield Swimming Pool).  Passengers may board service at St. Patrick’s Street/Lavitts Quay or at bus stops along the diversion route.
Route 208 from Lotabeg to City Centre not affected.

 

26/05/2016

ONLY 10 DAYS TO GO UNTIL SOAPBOX RACE IN CORK

Thursday 26. May 2016

ONLY 10 DAYS TO GO UNTIL SOAPBOX RACE IN CORK

We are only 10 days away from the action packed madness that is Red Bull Soapbox Race, coming to St. Patrick’s Hill Cork.

Don’t forget that everyone is welcome to come down to the event and watch the action from 12pm on Sunday the 5th of June or follow the action on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter by using #SoapboxRace

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19/05/2016

Soapbox Race 2015 - Steampunk Mechanical bull POV

Thursday 19. May 2016

Soapbox Race 2015 - Steampunk Mechanical bull POV

The Steampunk Mechanical Bull team’s POV tearing through Alexandra Palace, London.

With Just 18 days to go until Red Bull Soapbox Race takes over Patricks Hill in Cork, take a look at this POV from the Steampunk mechanical Bull team from Soapbox Race London last year.

Follow all the build up to the event on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using#SoapboxRace

13/04/2016

MEET YOUR 2016 RED BULL SOAPBOX RACE CORK TEAMS

Wednesday 13. April 2016

MEET YOUR 2016 RED BULL SOAPBOX RACE CORK TEAMS

We have received hundreds of applications from all across Ireland and the U.K over the last couple of weeks, so thank you for all the incredibly entertaining application forms and soapbox designs!

Without further delay, meet your 2016 Red Bull Soapbox Race Cork teams:

  • The Extinguisher
  • Iron Man
  • Boaty Mcboat Face
  • Crisis in A&E
  • Hoggy’s Hotrod aka Greased Lightening
  • Jumbo Breakfast Roll
  • Taste The Rainbow
  • The Green Machine
  • Reardens Racer
  • Sheepeze Junior
  • The Red Barrow
  • Chatter Box
  • R2D2’s Revenge
  • The Ganderini
  • The Tumbler – Gotham City Rogues
  • Mr. Sir. Sofishticated
  • Crazy Coffin
  • Tesco
  • Jet Set Go
  • House of Horrors
  • Count on Dracula
  • The Headcases
  • Raging Kayak
  • Science Rising
  • The Killer Unicorn
  • Bat out of Hell
  • Trashanator 5000
  • Flights & Sights
  • Mayhem Recovery
  • Charly
  • The Red Arrow
  • I Scream for Ice Cream
  • The Fast & the Furry-ous
  • Ticket to the Moon
  • X-Wing Red Bull Racer
  • Gráinne Mhaol
  • Team Hercules
  • Red FM Rebel Rocket
  • The Holiest Show on Earth
  • Daddy Slow Down!
  • The Pulling Machine
  • The Threaded Terror
  • Half Tapped
  • The Perf-former
  • Cork Racing TIE Fighter CRT1
  • Despicable Mobil
  • Class Grass Mobile
  • The Rebellion Job
  • Hot to Trott
  • The Signmaker
  • Wheela Na Gig
  • Donald Trumps Wig
  • ECTO – Ghostbusters (Dag Muller)
  • Midleton Fire & Rescue
  • Zeus on the Loose
  • The Axle of Evil
  • Happy Hippies
  • PC9 Aircraft
  • Lifeboat 14-07
  • Sobers Monkey Mobile

A massive thank you to everyone who entered and we cannot wait to see you all on Patrick’s Hill in Cork on June 5th!

Stay up to date by following #SoapboxRace on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter over the next couple of weeks and don’t forget to check back to see all the team profiles.

 

01/04/2016

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR SOAPBOX RACE CORK 2016

Friday 01. April 2016

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR SOAPBOX RACE CORK 2016

Attention Soapbox Racers: Thank you for submitting all your outrageous and incredible inventions for Red Bull Soapbox Race Cork 2016!

We are now going through all the applications one by one and we will let you know whether you have been successful or not on Wednesday the 13th of April!

You can stay up to date with any progress photos and videos through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram always use the #SoapboxRace

If you have any further questions, just email our Team Liaison: info@redbullsoapboxace.ie.

We wish you the best of luck!

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