The Grease Monkeys compete at Red Bull Soap Box. (Photo by Garth Milan/Red Bull)
The Grease Monkeys compete at Red Bull Soap Box. (Photo by Garth Milan/Red Bull)

Months of sawing, soldering and welding culminated Saturday at the Red Bull Soapbox Race on North Avenue in the Old Fourth ward. The national event for amateur drivers attracted a crowd of 65,000 who looked on as over 40 teams performed skits then raced down North Avenue in their human-powered soapbox dream machines.

Teams were judged on a three-part criteria that includes speed, creativity and showmanship with Greenville, South Carolina based team “The Grease Monkeys” taking first place with a time of 34.5 seconds on the 1,200-foot course. Their skit featured the group of engineers and designers doing the Funky Monkey before they set off downhill for their epic run which ended with a smash as the monkey-clad drivers crashed head first into a stack of hay bales.

Fans also had their say and casted votes to crown The People’s Choice Award winners. Topgolf Atlanta won over the fans thanks in part to their recent growth in the metro area and their ability to do the “Nae Nae” on command. The local team ultimately earned more votes than any other team in the race.

The Right Bros competes at Red Bull Soap Box (Photo by Garth Milan/Red Bull)
Crowds gather on North Avenue for the Red Bull Soapbox. (Courtesy Red Bull)


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.