Red Bull Balineras Race 2011: The Colombian edition of the soapbox race series was a big success and a whole lot of fun for participants and spectators alike. We bring you a photographic review.
More than 50,000 fans gathered last weekend in the National Park of Bogota, Colombia, to be part of the second Red Bull Balineras Race, the first having taken place in 2009.
With light but unfortunately steady rain falling, the trumpets announced the departure of the first Balineras in a competition with inspired commentary from comedian Andres Lopez and TV presenter Altahona Silvana.
The 64 uniquely designed carts rolled down the tarmac and on to a sloping course full of curves and ramps.
The names of the teams drew attention from the start. “Can Chicken”, “Mohammad Al Go down”, “The Taco Picante” and “Huevólido” were among the entrants.
It was a feast for the entire family, having started the night before. At midday the participants and the general public began to arrive on the scene armed with tents and picnics, to have the best seats and fully enjoy the show.
The fastest team turned out to be four restless 'fish': the team “The Bocachico” were crowned champions of the competition and raised their trophy and vehicle amid widespread applause echoing around in the hills of Bogota.
Winners Nicolás Toro, Wilfredo Claros, Alejandro Moreno and Guillermo Galindo, members of “The Bocachico”, were awarded a trip to Brazil to enjoy one of the most spectacular races in F1 at Interlagos. “It was a spectacular race that went beyond the bounds of joy. The curves were dangerous, but the aerodynamics of our soapbox allowed us to get the fastest time on the podium,” said team member Toro, a 40-year old meteorologist.
“It was an awesome event where you could enjoy the spectacle of speed while having fun with the occurrence of participants dreassed up as small fireballs. The best thing is that it was free to the public,” said spectator Alberto Caceres.
Photos © Camilo Rozo and Andres Jaramillo / Red Bull Content Pool