Bourbon Barrel Bike Wins Best Engineering Award at PDX Derby.
Each year, a brave group of racers convene on the daunting slopes of Mt. Tabor, in Portland Oregon, for the PDX Adult Soapbox Derby. Their goal – to test their metal, against their mettle. Many have spilled their blood, or even worse, spilled their drink in the quest for glory. The event has been “keeping the kid in us alive” since 1997.
The bike pictured above actually exists and isn’t some photoshop trickery. It’s the creation of Charley Wheelock, a competitor in this grown-up version of a childhood pursuit. This is what he had to say about it:
“We put disc brakes on some bourbon barrels, with a ’57 Ford F100 drop axle for a frame and rode it all down a mountain. We ended up winning a trophy for best Engineering. My friend Julius congratulated us for getting the smartest prize for the dumbest car.”
As an entry in this yearly soapbox derby for the certifiably insane, Charley’s machine didn’t win for speed, but it certainly won over the crowd.
Mayhem appears to be the order of the day for these speed-addicted lunatics. In addition to poor construction, the vehicles most likely to crash seem to have a high center of gravity and high occupancy. Add in plenty of alcohol, a steep down grade and spectators throwing water balloons, and you get a perfect storm of destruction.