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.