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UVM Students Race in Red Bull Soapbox Derby

Release Date: 09-05-2008

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
Email: Dawn.Densmore@uvm.edu
Phone: Array Fax: 802-656-8802

UPDATE 9-08-2008 – Congratulations to UVM's Soapbox Team!
They received the 2008 People's Choice Award at the Red Bull Soapbox Race on September 6 in Philadelphia, PA. The trophy will be on display in Votey Hall.
Students in UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) will race in the Red Bull Soapbox Race on Saturday, September 6 in Philadelphia, PA. The UVM vehicle is inspired by the Dr. Strange Love movie and is called, "How I stopped worrying about the bomb and learned to love the soap box."

The race challenges teams to craft zany human-powered driving machines to race against the clock in a downhill dash to the finish line. Weighing 150 pounds, the UVM car will compete against other entries that might look like toilets, tooth fairies or space ships. A total of 40 teams are scheduled to race in Manayunk for a place in Red Bull racing history. The UVM racing team includes: Andy Touchette, senior/civil engineering; Shanta Keller, senior/civil engineering; Colin Hutchins, senior/civil engineering; Matt Cole, UVM graduate student; and Jamie Seiffer, senior/civil engineering. Floyd Vilmot of the UVM CEMS Prototype Lab is their advisor.

In 2007 UVM students received the third-place People's Choice Award at the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Providence, Rhode Island. This year, the auto amateurs will be judged on three criteria: speed, creativity and showmanship.

Vote for the UVM Team


To vote for the UVM Team, go to Red Bull Soapbox Race on Saturday, Sept. 6 between 11am and 3pm, or text message "Team 30" at 72855.

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