Soap-box derbies have apparently advanced since I last gave one any thought. I remember straight down a hill, first one wins. This particular derby was sponsored by Red Bull, hosted in London, and featured a luge-style road course complete with jumps. And those jumps turned a hippy in a scale model of a VW Microbus into a driving hero.
You can tell from the start of the video that the cart is a little tail-happy and that a lot of input is needed to keep the contraption straight. He then tries (and fails) to clear a jump and loses the front left wheel, which does absolutely nothing to slow him down. He drives the thing on three wheels down to the next jump, where he finally rolls over and comes to a sliding stop.
Watch the video and see the skills that it takes to handle a real man’s soap box derby. Groovy!