Thousands flock to Alexandra Palace in London to watch the first UK Red Bull soapbox race post-Covid

Amateur racers from around the world have dressed up in wacky outfits to take part in Red Bull’s soapbox race.

Thousands of spectators descended on Alexandra Palace London To see the annual program on Sundays.

About 70 teams of amateur drivers and crew were tasked with building home non-motorized soap cans that could be parked on the slopes.

A team called the Rookie Ducks traveled from Lancashire to participate in the race for the first time with their soap box called Quack-in-a-Box.

It was inspired by the concept of a jack-in-the-box with a giant duck on a spring and team members dressed as a duck and a giant egg.

Amateur racers from around the world took part in the annual Red Bull Soap Box Race today, which featured racing in wacky costumes and house vehicles.

Thousands of spectators descended on London's Alexandra Palace to catch a glimpse of the speed of the downstairs runners in their non-motorized vehicles

Thousands of spectators descended on London’s Alexandra Palace to catch a glimpse of the speed of the downstairs runners in their non-motorized vehicles

A vehicle with road sweeper brushes and a doll of death on its back is known as 'The Grim Sweeper'

A vehicle with road sweeper brushes and a doll of death on its back is known as ‘The Grim Sweeper’

Soapbox participated in the first competition after the covid pandemic this year

Soapbox participated in the first competition after the covid pandemic this year

Each team consisted of four people – a driver, a co-driver and two pit crews.

Each team consisted of four people – a driver, a co-driver and two pit crews.

As well as the ramps on which the soapbox was to jump, there were puddles of water that soaked the drivers and tested the integrity of their vehicles during the race.

As well as the ramps on which the soapbox was to jump, there were puddles of water that soaked the drivers and tested the integrity of their vehicles during the race.

A team from Lancashire built a vehicle they called the Quack-in-a-Box, with the head of a duck bouncing over a large waterfall

A team from Lancashire built a vehicle they called the Quack-in-a-Box, with the head of a duck bouncing over a large waterfall

The soapbox was made from a variety of lightweight materials, such as polystyrene and cardboard.

The soapbox was made from a variety of lightweight materials, such as polystyrene and cardboard.

With ramps and jumps to contend with, many soap boxes did not survive, breaking into pieces on impact.

With ramps and jumps to contend with, many soap boxes did not survive, breaking into pieces on impact.

Rookie Ducksies pilot Melanie Hayworth said: ‘We have no clue what we’re doing but we’re here for a laugh.

‘We wanted a design that would make people smile, so general silliness, over-the-top attire and lots of color were our main objectives.’

‘The teams have been great – lots of support, lots of camaraderie.’

Each team consisted of four people – a driver, a co-driver and two pit crews.

Many of the crew were inspired by fictional characters from their favorite TV shows and movies including Top Gun, Harry Potter and Ghostbusters.

A team called The Handsome Homers included a large donut, called Pink Lightning, on their bright pink soapbox inspired by The Simpsons.

The crew crashed on the first jump as their entire vehicle ‘exploded’.

Dan, one of The Handsome Homers, said, ‘This is our third year at the Red Bull soapbox event and we really enjoy it.

‘I think we’re starting to theme crashing on the first jump, which we did in 2019 exactly like we did this year.

‘We went on that first jump, hit the ground with the nose, the whole thing exploded – pieces of polystyrene and car went everywhere … and we had to drag the whole thing down the hill, just like in 2019.’

Another team called the Rebel Alliance, from Sherfield in Lauden, Hampshire, said they had been producing their own Star Wars-themed soap box since 2018.

Given the treacherous course and the lack of vehicular suspension, drivers were equipped with mandatory helmets.

Given the treacherous course and the lack of vehicular suspension, drivers were equipped with mandatory helmets.

A safari-themed soap box was also seen in the game, featuring a toy tiger with a mesh back on its back.

A safari-themed soap box was also seen in the game, featuring a toy tiger with a mesh section on its back.

The teams drew inspiration for their designs from TV shows, movies and other sources with an extremely diverse assortment of colored soap boxes.

The teams drew inspiration for their designs from TV shows, movies and other sources with an extremely diverse assortment of colored soap boxes.

A team of four made their mark by wearing hats that made them look like avians

A team of four made their mark by wearing hats that made them look like avians

With no suspension on the homemade vehicles, the drivers faced a very bumpy ride as they went into the air after running on the ramp.

With no suspension on the homemade vehicles, the drivers faced a very bumpy ride as they went into the air after running on the ramp.

Called the Rebel Alliance X Wing, it had four wings crossed in an X formation, and the team wore Star Wars-themed costumes, including Storm Trooper outfits.

Team member Hayley Clutton, 42, said: ‘Performing in front of the cameras, our family and friends is nervous but very exciting.

“Our soapbox has been in the making since 2018 but Covid got in the way.

“We all loved the Red Bull Soapbox contest and thought this would be a great project for our family of three to work on apart from the lockdown after such a long time.

‘It is a once in a lifetime experience and a dream of ours.’

Teams also dressed up to match the theme displayed by their soapbox.

Teams also dressed up to match the theme displayed by their soapbox.

Waterproofing the vehicles was a priority for the teams due to the presence of puddles on the track, which led to issues of grip and material integrity for some less well-designed vehicles.

Waterproofing the vehicles was a priority for the teams due to the presence of puddles on the track, which led to issues of grip and material integrity for some less well-designed vehicles.

Thousands thronged to get a brief glimpse of the nearly 70 vehicles in the competition.

Thousands thronged to get a brief glimpse of the nearly 70 vehicles in the competition.

Not all soap cans model themselves on cars, including one that tries to look like a plane.

Not all soap cans model themselves on cars, including one that tries to look like a plane.

A team known as the 'Handsome Homers' created a Simpsons-themed soapbox that 'exploded' on its first jump.

A team known as the ‘Handsome Homers’ created a Simpsons-themed soapbox that ‘exploded’ on its first jump.

Some teams said they had been working on their vehicles for years, as Covid canceled the 2020 and 2021 events

Some teams said they had been working on their vehicles for years as COVID canceled the 2020 and 2021 events

Another group, Team Oral Health, are hoping to promote good dental hygiene in their vehicle cleaning on the track, running in a toothpaste-sized soap box called You Know the Drill.

Dressed in blue gloves and armed with a toothbrush, they are a team of dentists and hope to encourage people to floss.