Nov 19

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The Incredible San Francisco Artists’ Soapbox Derby


McLaren Park is an awesome place. But it’s awesomeness just increased significantly after the Planet watched the video below. In 1975, San Francisco artists built cars for a soap box derby in McLaren Park. They were given money ($250, probably around $1000 by today’s standards) to build their artistic creations which included one car featuring tens of vibrators and an all male pit crew! As the title sequence of the movie states…

In the spring of 1975, 104 Bay Area artists shared their imagination with the community in a new and public way.

They built 75 ‘cars’ and 32 trophies for an artists’ soapbox derby, raised $20,000 for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and created an event which lightened the city with its humor and creative energy.

The whole movie is below. Those at the Planet, one of whom was born in 1975, would very, very much like to ask if anyone would be interesting in resurrecting the idea of a soap box derby in McLaren Park for next year? If so, please get in touch and we’ll see how many like minded people can get together to make it happen.

The Incredible San Fancisco Artists’ Soapbox Derby, 1975. from Mike Haeg on Vimeo.

Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2013/11/incredible-san-francisco-artists-soapbox-derby-1975/


  1. Barry Koron

    Oh my gosh, thanks for posting this great little film!

  2. Rich Bodine

    The Nevada City Adult Soapbox Derby will be holding it’s 5th Annual adult soapbox race this coming June in Nevada City, CA. With both an Art and a Speed division, and a 1/2 mile long course, we welcome you to come up to and race! http://www.ncderby.com or like us on FB. 42 cars, top speeds over 45 mph!

  3. lani mein

    I loved it…I was there. I have a bit of footage of the 2nd (and last)Artist SoapBox Derby. Even more amazing ‘cars.’

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