Archive for July, 2008

Bewitched Soapbox Derby

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

This is even more of a blast from the past (1966!) than The Simpsons’ soapbox episode.

Bewitched (the show about a witch who twitched her nose and made stuff happen) had an episode that featured a soapbox derby. I can’t comment much on it since I didn’t watch this show as a kid (hey – we’re a youngish team, okay?), but thanks to YouTube, the entire episode is online:

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

Meet the team: Jenny

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Last seen as:

Soy Sauce in Redbull Flugtag Vancouver, 2006

Favourite part of the chicken to eat:

The feet

Favourite celebrity chef:

My mom, of course! 🙂

Favourite celebrity chicken:

Big Bird (wait, is he a chicken??)

Building the cart, or as we call it, preheating the oven

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Let’s see what we’ve been up to…

Leonard uses the angle grinder

Leonard uses the angle grinder and shows the metal frame who’s boss. It’s a loud tool. Leonard can keep that task.

Look! A bike wheel!

Jenny has second thoughts on what she’s signed up for…

What’s in a name: Origin of You’re not sushi – you’re chicken!

Friday, July 25th, 2008

How did we come up with the name and inspiration for our chicken soapbox car?

We owe it all to some random guy who yelled at us during our Red Bull Flugtag Vancouver 2006 flight as Sushi Gone Wild. Listen carefully to the short clip below (and don’t get too distracted by all the booing and the calls for us to “jump!”).

So thanks, Random Guy!

Meet the team: Elizabeth

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Not much is known about the elusive creature called Elizabeth. However, during a recent inquiry of an unnamed security company into her background, it was discovered she is the Cluckmeister!

Last seen as:

The Shrimp in Flugtag Vancouver, 2006

On The Wild Sushi

Favourite part of the chicken to eat:

The chicken boobs.

Favourite celebrity chef:

If anyone can make food taste good naked. It would be the Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver.

Favourite celebrity chicken:

Foghorn from the Looney Toons cartoon.

Kitsilano Soapbox Derby

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

This year would’ve been the 18th annual Kitsilano Soapbox Derby race. Seems that one reason given for the cancellation was because “the burden on volunteers made the race difficult to run”.

I guess for this year at least, there will be a soapbox derby, Red Bull style. And that means a bias toward ‘outrageous-looking’ soapbox cars (like chicken) versus the traditional soapbox style that’s built for speed.

This handy YouTube video from specialkiwis shows highlights from the Kitsilano Soapbox Derby 2003. Notice how steep West 4th Avenue is!

The Simpsons’ Soapbox Derby

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

How’s this for a blast from the past (1991!)…

Remember on The Simpsons when Bart entered a soapbox derby? And how his soapbox car wasn’t up to snuff in terms of build quality? Yeah, my memory is a little fuzzy, too. Well, thank goodness for the obsessive Simpsons archivists on the Internet!

The episode was from the show’s third season and was called “Saturdays of Thunder”. Let’s hope You’re not sushi – you’re chicken! turns out better than what Homer constructed for Bart…

Bart Simpson\'s soapbox car

Also, I don’t think Red Bull is going to allow us to use whips. Darn.

Meet the team: Leonard

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Twenty years since his last haiku in grade school… and this is the best he can come up with?

Leonard is a geek.
Writing is not his forte.
But what choice exists?


Last seen as:
Avacado Sushi in Flugtag Vancouver, 2006.

Rodents are OK too.

Hmmm… I’m not sure that I uploaded the right file…

Favourite part of the chicken to eat:

The deep fried part.

Favourite celebrity chef:

Alton Brown, a true geeks chef.

Favourite celebrity chicken:

Chicken Boo, from Animaniacs. Chicken Boo, what’s the matter with you?

Meet the team: Adrienne

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Dynamic, charismatic, iconic…these are words that do not describe Adrienne. But, here are some tidbits into Adrienne’s elusive life:

Last seen as:
Salmon Sushi in Flugtag Vancouver
Adrienne as Salmon Sushi in Flugtag Vancouver

Favourite part of the chicken to eat:
The skin! C’mon, don’t lie – you love it, too.

Favourite celebrity chef:
While Anthony Bourdain has wicked wit, nobody can beat SpongeBob SquarePants at flipping those Krabby Patties.
SpongeBob SquarePants making Krabby Patties

Favourite celebrity chicken:
Sheldon, the almost-chick from U.S. Acres.
Sheldon from U.S. Acres

The plan: You’re not sushi – you’re chicken!

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Here is the sketch we submitted to Red Bull:

You\'re not sushi - you\'re chicken! sketch
Who knows what the final product will actually look like 🙂