One of the 39 coveted spots is MINE!!! The Adult Soapbox Derby is one of the best events I have ever been involved with. This will be the second entry for me. In '06 we were 11th on the waiting list and got the call a couple of weeks before the race, notifying us that we were in. We managed to fabricate a rickety rig that ended up looking like a pile of dead pelicans on the side of the course 3/4 of the way down our first run.
This year is going to be different. Inspired by both the tenacity and the visual impact of an unflushable flake, Team Floater is poised to make soapbox history with the new concept vehicle. I can't say I have seen one of these before. It is basically a giant two wheeled skateboard made with a couple of wine barrels. (UPDATE! As inspiring as the unflushable flake is, we have changed the team name to the more appropriate "Twin Barrels Burning")
First order of business is to drink 120 gallons of wine.
Here is the doomed pelican.