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Soapbox Race 2016.

Cork, 5th June - 12pm

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About the event

Red Bull Soapbox Race is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade soapbox vehicles. Each hand-made machine is fuelled by nothing but sheer courage, the force of gravity and perhaps a little Red Bull. This unique, non-motorised racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.

Red Bull has held more than 100 soapbox races around the world since the first one in Brussels in the year 2000 – from Australia to South Africa, Ireland to St. Louis, Jamaica to Italy. Held previously in Cork and Belfast, this will be the fourth time the international race has taken place in Ireland. Over the years, vehicles have ranged from realistic replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up. Previous designs have included a piano, a giant baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive corn on the cob, a jail cell and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The rules







Applications for the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Cork open on Wednesday 24th February 2016 and close at 11:00pm on Thursday 24th March 2016.

To submit an entry, you must:

  • fully complete the Registration Form here. (don’t forget to include the names and ages of each team member)

  • sketch the design of your proposed soapbox prototype on the sketch sheet provided in the Application Kit

  • send your Application kit back to ‘The Red Bull Soapbox Race Team’, 1st Floor Harmony Court, Harmony Row, Dublin 2, so that it is post-marked during the Application Period.

The best 70 valid entries will be able to build their Soapbox and compete in the Cork event.

Your team may have no more than 5 participants including your brave driver who must be at least 18 years old. We’re not opposed to younger drivers, but lawyers are.

For more information, check out our terms and conditions

It’s not enough that it actually moves. What we’re looking for is the outrageous, the preposterous and the ostentatious! A soapbox should be an extension of its team. It’s wild. It’s crazy. It can be anything they want. It just can’t be ordinary.

Your human-powered racing machine must not exceed a maximum of two meters wide and six meters long, and be no taller than two and a half meters. It must not exceed 80kg in weight (excluding the driver, of course).

Soapboxes must be powered by the force of gravity only. That, and your imagination. So no stored power or external energy sources are allowed. But that doesn’t mean you won’t go fast.

So, fully functioning brakes and steering are required.

For more information, check out our terms and conditions

Not to state the obvious, but this event is, first and foremost, a race. Therefore, the fastest one across the finish line is definitely going to be looked upon favourably. Take note though, that one actually has to cross the finish line in the vehicle.

That said when it comes to the Red Bull Soapbox Race, speed is nothing without a little personality. Teams are judged on three criteria: Design, pre-race performance and showmanship. So racers need to wow us with their stage routine, impress us with their soapbox design and, of course, dazzle us with their showmanship.

The pit crew is 4 people max and you’ll need all of them to get a good push. Pit crew can only push as far as the start line. After that, the driver is on its own!

For more information, check out our terms and conditions

Any Questions?


Is this the first time Red Bull Soapbox Race has been held in Ireland?

This is the fourth time Red Bull Soapbox Race has come to Ireland. It was held in Belfast in 2002, and 2008 and in Cork in 2004.

When is the Red Bull Soapbox Race?

5th June 2016

Where is the Red Bull Soapbox Race taking place in 2016?

St Patrick’s Hill in Cork.

How can I register a team?

Applications for the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Cork open on Wednesday 24th February 2016 and close at 11:00pm on Thursday 24th March 2016.

You can request your Application kit by filling the form here.

Can my friends and family come to watch my team?

Yes of course. The event will be open to the public with viewing areas along Patrick’s Hill. We will announce all the details closer to the event.

Will children be allowed attend the event?


What is the entrance fee?

Red Bull Soapbox Cork is free. Anyone can come and enjoy the show.

What is the best way to travel to Cork?

Most trains and buses travel to Cork and the airport is not far from the course. We will announce all travel details closer to the event.

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Fast is good, but outrageous is even better

Team Box

Team Hercules

Half Tapped

Iron Man

Midleton Fire ...

Reardens Racer

The Red Barrows

Raging Kayak

Science Rising

The Red Arrows F1

I Scream for I...

Sheepeze Junior

The Headcases

Class Grass Mo...

Cool Runnings


Sobers Monkey ...

Mayhem Recovery

Happy Hippies

Zeus on the Loose

Boaty Mcboat Face

The Tumbler


Flights & ...

Rebel Alliance

Hoggys Hotrod

The Threaded T...

Cork Racing TI...

The Pulling Ma...

The Killer Uni...

Despicable Mobile

Spudnik - The ...

Red FM Rebel R...

Trashanator 5000

Daddy Slow Down!

Lifeboat 14-07

The Fast and T...

Crisis in A&E

The Signmaker

Hot to Trott

The Ganderini

House of Horrors

The Green Machine

Chatter Box

Jumbo Breakfas...

Bat out of hell

Mr. Sir. Sofis...

Gráinne Mhaol

Axle of Evil

The Holiest Sh...

Bosco's Bandwagon

Crazy Coffin

Count on Dracula

Taste The Rainbow

Donald Trumps wig

ECTO - Ghostbu...

Irish Air Corps

R2D2's Revenge

The Extinguisher

Ticket to the ...

Jet Set Go

Lightning McQueen

The Rebellion Job

The brave, the bold and the bananas.

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Red Bull Soapbox Race Cork 2016 - FAQ's

Saturday 28. May 2016

Red Bull Soapbox Race Cork 2016 - FAQ's

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


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.


NOTE: 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.


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 for further information


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



Thursday 26. May 2016


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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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



Wednesday 13. April 2016


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
  • The Leaning Tower of Pizza
  • Jet Set Go
  • House of Horrors
  • Count on Dracula
  • The Headcases
  • Raging Kayak
  • Science Rising
  • The Killer Unicorn
  • Bat out of Hell
  • Trashanator 5000
  • Bosco’s Bandwagon
  • Flights & Sights
  • Mayhem Recovery
  • Charly
  • The Red Arrow
  • I Scream for Ice Cream
  • Spudnik
  • The Fast & the Furry-ous
  • Ticket to the Moon
  • Craggy Island Creamery (Patrick Croke)
  • X-Wing Red Bull Racer
  • Kurt
  • 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
  • Craggy Island Creamery (Anthony Conlon)
  • PC9 Aircraft
  • Lifeboat 14-07
  • Cool Running’s
  • 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.




Friday 01. April 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:

We wish you the best of luck!



Wednesday 23. March 2016


Greetings from Red Bull Soapbox Race HQ,

Hopefully at this stage you are doodling your winning Soapbox on every scrap of paper you come across. But if not, we have some good news for you…

As you probably know, tomorrow is the deadline for applications. But as we celebrated our National Holiday last week and Easter this weekend, we thought you might appreciate a little extra time to pen that final drawing of your dream Soapbox.

So we have decided to extended the deadline to Thursday, 31st March. However, we won’t be doing this again so make sure to use the extra time wisely and get your application into us by the deadline either by email or by post (must be post marked 31st March at the latest)!

Remember you don’t have to build your Soapbox now – you just need to submit your application kit with your idea description and a sketch or a photo of parts you plan to use.

You can stay up to speed on announcements through the official event page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget to use #SoapboxRace. And if you want to read the fine print, you will find all the rules and regulations at

Can’t wait to see you all on Patrick’s Hill, Cork on Sunday, 5th June.

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