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201211 Dec


The top three teams of India's first Red Bull Soapbox Race celebrate their victory


Mumbaikars were privileged enough to become part of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when they witnessed vada pavs, pizza slices, snails, and pirate ships put the road on fire at Mount Mary Road, Bandra at India’s first Red Bull Soapbox Race. Close to 10,000 people came out to Bandra’s iconic street to raise the gear of the craziest ‘road race’ the nation has ever seen! The appealing contest even mesmerised Bollywood actor Imran Khan and director Vishal Bhardwaj who flagged off the race, riding a ‘Gulabo’ soapbox as homage to their upcoming film, Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola.



Vishal Bhardwaj and Imran Khan at the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Bandra


The action-packed day was filled with song, dance, creativity and bumpy rides. Dabbawallas, Team Tritech and Feni Talks bagged the first, second and third places respectively. Dabbawallasfrom Mumbai simply hypnotised the judges with their colourful soapbox ferrying the quintessential food dabbas. Team Tritech and Feni Talks left the crowds roaring, riding in their radio controlled car-inspired soapbox and tricycle shaped feni bottle respectively. The teams received the coveted prizes from Honourable M.P. Priya Dutt and local MLA Baba Siddiqui.


Judges at the Red Bull Soapbox Race

Judges at the Red Bull Soapbox Race


The four member winning team is entitled to bask in the heat of the World of Red Bull at Salzburg, Austria coupled with a jaw dropping visit to Hangar 7 and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM, German Touring Car Masters) Racing Circuit. The first runner-up wins a fully paid experience for Sunburn Goa 2012 and the second runner-up will get free entry to the most happening New Year party in town along with their friends. If this wasn’t enough, the fastest driver of the day now owns a 36V Electric Trikke.



The winning team - Dabbawallas zip down the slope in style


Judged by Actor and Model Lisa Hayden, Actor and Youth icon Rannvijay Singh, Theatre and TV personality Kunal Vijaykar, Indian rugby spearhead Nasser Hussain and 1983 Cricket World Cup winner Balwinder Singh Sandhu, 53 soapboxes participated at ‘Mount Mary Circuit’ to bag the coveted title. Rannvijay Singh was enthralled by the spectacle and said: “We saw an amazing proportion of creativity coupled with lots of energy at the Red Bull Soapbox Race today. Each soapbox which zipped on the slope screamed the personality of the respective teams. The race literally spiced up the traffic on the Bandra road and gave a fun breather to Mumbaikars who are always on the go.”



The first runners-up: Team Tritech


The tempo at the venue was upped not only by the crazy soapboxes, but the crowd also mesmerised by the cheeky, funny, irreverent and completely whacky hosts Cyrus Broacha, Jose Covaco and Ramona Arena.



The second runners-up: Feni Talks


Riding on creativity and competitive fun, Red Bull Soapbox Race carries the tag as a unique non-motorized racing meet that challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike. The primary challenge for the teams was to design and develop imaginative, human-powered soapbox machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race course featuring jumps, bumps and curves. Before making its debut in India, Red Bull Soapbox Race has travelled to 77 cities across 40 countries.



The winners - Dabbawallas

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