Adult Soap Box Derby and SCRAP Iron Artist


This Saturday is finally the date for a couple of really amazing events that I’ve been looking forward to all year. Starting at 10:00am at Mt. Tabor is the 2007 Adult Soap Box Derby. Teams of talented and apparently completely insane people have been working on their derby cars for months and are now ready to see how they do in competition. Last year there were a huge variety of cars that ran from functional and fast to completely over the top. To give you an idea of what people entered, the carturkey derby won best art car and the bathtub betties won the lame duck award. The betties had curlers glued to their crash helmets and their car was a bathtub.

The race is fun to watch because you don’t know if they’re going to even make it down the course without major damage to the car and drivers. I guess some years the cars have basically fallen apart once they got rolling. I’m planning on taking a lot of pictures. I saw last year’s entries and it was incredibly inspiring.

The preliminaries run from 10:00am – 2:00pm, Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers will play at the halftime show, and then the finals run from 3:00 – 4:00pm. The Afterparty will be held at Plan B at 4:00pm with live music and probably a lot of rowdy/crazy people.

If the derby is too early or bloody for you there’s also the Scrap Iron Artist competition taking place from 12:30pm – 8:00pm in the lot behind SCRAP at the corner of North Vancouver and Failing. The Iron Artist is SCRAP’s annual fundraiser where 10 teams compete to win the Cup du Scrap. A sort of Iron Chef meets Junkyard Wars, the teams receive similar reused materials provided by SCRAP, the ReBuilding Center, Portland Store Fixtures, and Free Geek. They are given a theme and then have 3 hours to create something that captures the theme.

What makes the whole thing fun is the costumes, heckling, cheerleaders, and referees who highly encourage bribing. My friend Kirsten has participated in the event for the past few years and says it’s a “hoot.” There are also booths, music, beer by Lompac, Tchotchki Girls and other activities going on during the event. When the time is up the group of celebrity judges make their decisions and the winners receive the Cup as pictured above (photo by Catha Loomis). The fee is a sliding scale from $5.00 – $20.00.

I’m hoping to try and make both events this year. I can’t wait to see what people have created and will be creating this year.

5 Comments so far

  1. Kai (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    Scrap was really fun. I was going to try and make both events and decided I didn’t really feel like walking up Mount Tabor in four inch heels (part of my SCRAP costume). You can check out the pictures at

  2. Kirsten (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

    Bad Flickr link there!
    Iron Artist was a BLAST as always.

  3. Kai (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    Try this instead It really was fun!

  4. Melissa Trotter (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

    We had a blast at the Iron Artist Compitition this year, and we came home with the trophy that had the coolest name! “Best Use of Torso”
    Our team dressed up as squirt guns..I have a few pics posted at

  5. Kai (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    Melissa great pictures! I’m definitely putting a team together next year.

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