This page is for personal, non-commercial use. We have a section entitled "Alternative Transportation". Therefore, since you cannot possibly get much more alternative than this, and it is in fact a method of transportation, I have decided that this story qualifies for our site.
When I found myself surrounded by homemade, hill-powered vehicles, decorated with handcrafted flair, I wondered what had taken me so long. Distractions aside, my mission was to find Dash. For the sake of his reputation as an educator, we decided on identifying him with one name only.
Tabor is transforming into a raceway for the annual Portland Adult Soapbox Derby. Once a year, Portlanders convene on the slopes of the city park. Some are there to put their homemade, human-powered vehicles to the test.
Few community events in Portland can match the scale and seeming insanity of the Adult Soapbox Derby. A continuation of the youth derby from the late 50s and early 60s, the current event was born in The race was created by Paul Zenk, a naturalized Portlander who had previously participated in a similar event in San Francisco three years prior.
The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby is an all-volunteer run race event that typically takes place the 3rd Saturday in August each year. Racers compete head-to-head in gravity-driven vehicles of their own making as they make their way down the seven-eights of a mile track. Racers register their cars in either speed or art categories.
Groups clad in costumes of superheroes and ninja turtles trek uphill with their DIY, lavishly decorated gravity vehicles. The urban volcano of Mt. Tabor is transformed into a race course where participants compete against each other in this epic soapbox derby.
According to event officials, at least 10, people swarmed Mt. Tabor Park Saturday, Aug. About 40 teams competed with some reaching speeds of nearly 50 miles per hour.