'Magic Pen' wins Red Bull Soapbox race in Taipei
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A soapbox car resembling a pen captured the top prize at the first ever Taiwan Red Bull Soapbox Race (皂飛車大賽) held at the campus of Taipei National University of the Arts (台北藝術大學) yesterday.
September 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
The team of amateur car makers behind the vehicle, dubbed the “Magic Pen,” defeated 51 other entries in terms of speed, design creativity, and showmanship.
One of the rewards is a free trip to the November Formula One Grand Prix in Macau.
All of the hand-made vehicles demonstrated superb creativity and wild imagination, said organizers.
Participants came from all walks of life, including students, medical doctors, and indigenous people from Lanyu Island, aged between 16 and 60.
The soapbox car designs ranged from bananas and lipstick to popular cartoon characters.
The second prize went to the team behind a vehicle imitating a charging bull and the third to a car in the shape of a porcelain kiln.
A soapbox vehicle showing the “betel nut beauties” with beautiful salesgirls selling the chewing nut at street vending stores, won the first prize in the category of best design.