Soapbox

I was lucky enough this summer to photograph the daredevil competitors from the Redbull Soapbox Race and their homemade gravity powered machines.  In a nutshell they're thrown down a very steep hill doing their best to navigate a course and stay in one piece at the same time. They reach some serious speeds matched by some serious spills, creating a go-cart graveyard at the bottom.  

As you can see, some very creative imagination went into the machines and team outfits.  It was hard to keep the adrenaline (or caffeine ?) under control when shooting but getting them to pose was no bother as they were very eager to show off their creations. One of my favourites are the Pit Stop crew, based on that classic kids programme Wacky Races, whos star Penelope Pitstop drove a 'Compact Pussycat' car. They drove from Aberdeen to London to compete, showing serious dedication. I meant to ask if the trip was in their Compact copy but by the time I thought to ask they'd zipped off.