Red Bull’s epic and outrageous Box Cart Race is back to tear up the South African streets this September. This most bodacious of all downhill street races takes place on Sandton Drive, Johannesburg on Sunday, 16 September 2018.
Returning to Joburg after eight years, this year’s Red Bull Box Cart Race is the fifth SA edition and will be bigger and better than ever.
It’s a race for hand-made, non-motorised machines fueled by nothing but sheer courage, the force of gravity and perhaps a little Red Bull. Experienced racers and amateurs are challenged to design and build dazzling box cart dream machines to compete against the clock in a downhill race.
The Red Bull Box Cart Race is an international event taking place across five locations in 2018, including Rome Italy, Sofia Bulgaria, Cincinnati Ohio and Lisbon Portugal. Sandton is the steepest, most exciting track of the year. Many visitors are drawn to Johannesburg for the event including Cape Town residents.
The same rules apply everywhere. Teams are judged on speed, creativity and showmanship. No engines, batteries, electricity or catapults are allowed. What is allowed is unbridled imagination, charisma and of course, your bold and daring showmanship. It’s not enough that it actually moves or crosses the finish line first. The judges are looking for the outrageous, the preposterous, the ostentatious! Anything but the ordinary.
The race is exclusively for human-powered box carts with a maximum width of 2 meters, a height of 2.5m and a length of 6m, with a total weight of 80kg (excluding the driver). The race is for over-16s and all drivers must be older than 18.
The Red Bull Box Cart Race is a free event for all participants and spectators, so bring the kids and neighbours.