Thousands turned out on Sunday as Yesler Way was transformed from a

...from Mr. Potato head...

Thousands turned out on Sunday as Yesler Way was transformed from a run-of-the-mill street into a fast-paced soapbox derby track. Over thirty teams participated in the Red Bull sponsored event, which saw carts weave through twists, turns, and jumps at speeds of over 40mph. Get a taste of the craziness below but be sure to check out the slideshow as well, it’s action-packed!

A cart hurtles through a jump on the course.

Runaway-bride gets her start during the track.

Pulling into the final stretch, a cart makes the turn onto Second ave.

Ready to roll, a cart driver takes one final look at his teammates before getting the push.

Ready to roll, a cart driver takes one final look at his teammates before getting the push.

…to MJ dolls,

zooming chickens to…

…to actual unlimited-class hydroplane driver Jimmy Shame.

(Yes, you guessed it, Jimmy piloted a scale replica of his hydroplane down the course.)

The vehicles, like the characters that drove them, were far from rull-of-the-mill soapbox racers.

Racers had everything from hydraulics…

…to disc brakes.

Some had dual parts (these guys sadly didn’t make it far).

While others reminded (mocked, maybe?) of us things we might prefer to forget…

In any case, Seahawks mascot Blitz was the lucky first ride down the course.

The track started at Yesler & 8th on a big ramp,

sending drives careening downhill hrough a series of turns,

over epic jumps…

…and around gigantic curved ramp

before coming to an end on 2nd ave.

Not every car was up to the challenge,

…and the course claimed a number of the racers (though no one was injured).

Tens-of thousands turned out to watch the thrills…

and spills.

Continue on for the rest of the gallery for more!

Seattle’s Yesler Way was transformed on Sunday from a normal street into one, giant downhill soapbox derby track.

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