The Art Of Racing (Soap Box) In The Rain

NASCAR drivers go running for the garages like pansies the moment they see one spot of precipitation hit their windshields. Ten year old kids racing All American Soap Box Derby run rain or shine. » 10/24/10 11:30am 10/24/10 11:30am

Eyes On The Prize

This photo is what awesome sees when it looks in the mirror, photoshop or not. Update: this is a real photo! Buy a copy here from the photographer/Jalopnik reader John! [Not Stock Photography] » 8/16/10 5:30pm 8/16/10 5:30pm

Three Races In One Day. Could It Be Done?

My kids had a box cart race. I had a NASA endurance race on the same day over 250 miles away. My wife said, "You'll have to choose." I said, "I can do both… maybe." » 5/30/10 3:00pm 5/30/10 3:00pm

Malaise Era Artisto-Hoons Go Gravity-Powered In 1975 Artists' Soapbox…

The Illegal Soapbox Derby in San Francisco was fun, but what if the city had actually sponsored the cars? Well, that's just what happened 35 years ago! » 1/31/10 2:00pm 1/31/10 2:00pm

NASCAR: Colombia

Colombia is not home to many important racing championships, so how they birthed racer Juan Pablo Montoya was a bit of a mystery until we learned about the country's famous downhill homemade car race — the approximate equivalent of NASCAR. » 10/27/09 5:15pm 10/27/09 5:15pm

Look Out, Below: Pebble Beach to Host Gravity Racers

These days, soap boxes are flimsy affairs just barely larger than the actual bar of soap — not at all the kind of thing you'd send your kid screaming down a hill in Akron, Ohio in. Now, soap box derby cars are called "gravity racers" and the designers no longer labor in midwestern basements, with restless pre-teens… » 6/20/06 1:35pm 6/20/06 1:35pm

The Girl Who Lives on Russian Hill: Lombard Street Tricycle Races

We were in love with a girl who once lived on Russian Hill. She had a worn-out smile that she'll wear some more. And a worn-out welcome mat outside her door. But more pertinently, we used to wheel our '75 El Camino down the brick-hewn, twisty portion of Lombard Street at 15mph, sawing the wheel from side to side and… » 4/17/06 9:08pm 4/17/06 9:08pm

Volvos Go Really Fast (Downhill)

About a week ago, we at Jalopnik wrote skeptically about what might happen when you take your neighborhood soap box derby race and invite some over-educated Swedish engineers with lots of money to spend. Even if soap box racing rates just slightly above the three-leg races at the annual father-daughter picnic in the… » 8/22/05 4:50pm 8/22/05 4:50pm

In Volvo Gravitas: Volvo's Extreme Downhill Racer

As cheap thrills go, we've always considered gravity racing to be just below watching the excrutiating creep southward, through traffic, of Manhattan's M5 bus. Having the lamest Cub Scout franchise in history, our Pinewood Derby meets were just the three of us, rolling Matchbox cars off the hood of some guy's '78… » 8/12/05 4:27pm 8/12/05 4:27pm