Soap box car : LUSENET : Junkyard Wars : One Thread

Hello I would like to see the teams build a soap box derby car. I think that is what the vehicles are called. Its the kind of cars you built when you were a kid. You would carry to the top of the tallest hill and ride them down. No engine just a steering and gravity.

-- Erik (, March 06, 2001


This would be great! How about adding a little twist? Say putting a "scoop" on the front end of the car and have them try to "hit" pedestrians(stuffed animals) on the way down. the one that finishes first and with the most toys wins!


-- tim kirkman (, March 06, 2001.

They're called GPV's (Gravity Powered Vehicles) and are popular in the Western US (i.e.: in the Rocky Mountains). These things range from land luge designs (essentially really long skateboards) to bicycles without drive trains. For J.Y.W., you'd have to establish some rules- How many wheels, minimum/maximum weight, brakes or no brakes, etc., etc. Maybe the folks that host the real Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio can help you out on this! The bottom line: It's really not a very complex machine, nor would it be much of a challenge to build.

-- Chip Haynes (, March 06, 2001.

Chip , how about having them build GPV's for each person on the team so they can have a team race. Some of the people can try and be the blockers while the faster ones try to get te the finish line first. I just think it would be fun to watch them racing while having a little contact.

-- Erik (, March 06, 2001.

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