A tour of the soapbox chicken carnage

September 9th, 2008

Notice the perfectly intact cart structure!  Only 1 bent wheel.  What fabulous construction, right guys?

Video courtesy of Leonard.

Chicken Run & Chicken Crash!

September 9th, 2008

Here it is…re-live the chicken crash!  Video courtesy of Dickson.

Now the crash in SLOW-MO!

We flipped the bird – but we’re OK!

September 9th, 2008

If you saw our team race on Sunday, you saw THE CRASH OF THE EVENT. It’s an honour we’ll wear proudly only because our fearless pilots, Elizabeth & Jenny, emerged with nary a scratch. We’ll update this blog with more pics, videos and media hits soon.

If you have a video or photos of the crash and are willing to share with our team and on this blog, please contact us at chicken@lotus-land.ca and we’ll make it happen. Thank you!



It’s almost time! Mark your calendars/iPhones/Blackberries!

September 1st, 2008

Roosters are always on time – and you will be, too!

Red Bull Soapbox Vancouver 2008 is just a couple of clucks away!

When: Sunday, September 7, 2008
Where: West 4th Ave, from Vine to Burrard (in Kitsilano)

The races start at 1:00 pm, but the pit area will be open to the public at 11:00 am.

Be sure to visit our GIANT CHICKEN! Trust me, you won’t be able to miss it…

Unconventional Recipe for Making Moonshine

September 1st, 2008

So, what do you do after going through a couple gallons of papier-mache paste and you have a couple litres to spare?  If you think you might need the goop next week, you put it in a container with a lid and set it aside – just like we did.

This week, after we finished the building the coolest roast chicken car in the world, we cleaned up a bit.

Surprise, surprise.   Upon opening the ice-cream bucket of papier-mache paste, we smelled the distinct smell of alcohol… a mighty putrid one, at that!  I tried to convince Elizabeth to try it, but we couldn’t find a clean filter to strain out the chunky bits. Maybe next time.

For those who’ve never made papier-mache paste: It’s just flour boiled with some water for a few minutes.  Many recipes recommend adding salt to prevent mold – Personally, I suggest minimizing drying time with good airflow and regular turning of the bird to avoid mold.

How to Roast Chicken

September 1st, 2008

First, slather in butter. Mmm…butter…

Then, baste to get that golden brown colour…

Finally, leave in the oven until the drumsticks and wings are ready.

Chicken License Plates

August 31st, 2008

What would a car be without plates? Look for 2 of these plates to be on the car itself. All 3 will be given away as limited edition stickers on race day (Sept. 7)! While supplies last! WOW!

I have a personal favourite. Which could it be? Hmm…hehehe.

Arrested Development and The Chicken Dance

August 29th, 2008

Again with me and tv shows (see here, here and here). But this post doesn’t have anything to do with soapboxes; this post is really just a fabulous excuse to post clips of the hilarious Bluth chicken dances from Arrested Development.

How is this relevant to our team? Read our official team bio to find out 😉

Also, guess what we’ll be doing in our skit?

I heart GOB!

Argh! That first video was taken down. Here’s the next best video I could find of the Bluth chicken dances. Enjoy it before it gets taken down, too.

So you wanna build a soapbox car…

August 24th, 2008

And you’re expecting tips from us? Hahaha…

From our team’s experience, all you have to do is ask 10 people and you’ll get 10 different answers on how to do it. So really, there is no right way. (But there are definitely better ways – but we’re still not the team to be giving advice on that!)

You could try Googling, which is what we did, and that helped give us ideas. Try Googling for billy cart construction instructions (billy cart is an Australian term). These billy cart instructions were pretty good.

You could also try searching for what past Red Bull Soapbox teams have done. This team, who participated in a Red Bull Soapbox race in 2004 (somewhere in England?), took two bikes and welded them together.

However you plan your cart – make sure it has brakes and steering! Red Bull is a stickler for that

Chicken Guts

August 23rd, 2008

So, what have we been up to you might ask… We’d like to know too 😉 har har

Here’s the bare bones of it all. Well maybe not so bare anymore! We’ve finally got some meat on dem bones!

. . . No, it’s not actually the doggie…

It’s newspaper! Not only can we put a shape into the craft, but we can catch up on our daily news too! For example, do you know who the Jonas Brothers are? I had no idea until we glued their faces onto the cart! Amazing what you can find out when you read a newspaper eh?

Wow, we can’t believe it’s almost time to race, and WIN! Well, see you on race day! Gotta go read…I mean GLUE some more newspaper on the cart! (…Maybe I can finally find out who Michael Phelps is!)