SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.—Red Bull judges selected two Spokane area soapboxes to race down the streets of Seattle in August. Two local were among the 40 groups selected to compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race Seattle on August 24.
Both teams have built human powered vehicles from scratch to race down Yesler Way as 50,000 people watch.
Idaho Spuds and Scruffy Looking Nerf Herders were chosen by the judges to race and represent the Inland Northwest. Both teams will perform a skit before careening down Yesler Way and braving the steepest course in soapbox history.
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Idaho Spuds call Spokane home and submitted this as their team summary:
“WARNING: the following team contains fast parts that may be hazardous and/or intimidating to its competitors.
Meet Idaho Spuds, four average Red Bulls and potatoes type of guys. Mike Pea, Mike Patterson, Allen Ulrich, and Matt Peterson aren’t toying around either…well, not entirely. The whole team works for Hayden Beverage, a Red Bull distributor in Eastern Washington and (you guessed it) Idaho. The original spud squad, with a little mechanical help from their Hayden colleagues, has been hard at work in Matt and Mike’s shop in Spokane, WA creating a speedy Toy Story-inspired soapbox racer, complete with detachable Mr. Potato Head parts. “
Scruffy Looking Nerf Herders hails from Spokane and Usk, Washington. Here’s a portion of their team biography:
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away – or maybe it was only recently, in a place called Accent Body Shop in Usk, WA – five men began construction on a Star Wars-inspired soapbox racer. They call themselves the Scruffy Looking Nerf Herders and do not claim to be part of any particular organization or have any official affiliations of any kind…except “just being awesome.” Don Kendrick is a “fabricator extraordinaire” who is so pro, he owns his own body shop, while driver Ryan Wamsley, a scruffy-looking construction worker no doubt, runs and operates a BMX race team and a downhill mountain bike team. The crew also boasts an archaeologist/anthropologist, a scientist, and a regular sort of guy in teammates Jeff Johnson, Erik Johnson, and Nathan Weber.”