The Rules

The Rules

Stolen, modified and regurgitated from the SFVISBF. Wanna join us? Read these rules, then get to work building a car.

Racer rules

These are what you need to read to get rolling with our chapter.

Car Construction

Race Rules

Safety Gear

Course Use

Film Submission

Chapter Rules

These are rules put forth by the SFVISBF for our club to follow.


End of Season

Chapter Approval

Car Construction

Car construction rules are important for safety reasons and ease of play. Although the LVISBF has a few mandatory rules (listed below), we leave the ins and outs of car construction up to you, as finding out what works best is part of the fun. There are no exact weight or size restrictions, however, keep in mind that cars must be transportable to and from the race locations.

Car Construction Rules:

1. All cars must have 4 or more wheels.

Your car must have 4 or more wheels that actually are used in the stability of the car. Things like bicycles that have training wheels or faux wheels are not allowed. Skate boards, luge boards and their wheels are not allowed as well. Trikes simply don’t work well; they have been ran with poor results. Trikes are unstable, prone to washing out, flipping and do not fare well in collisions and friendly bumping that occurs in every race, thus no trikes. This exclusion can and should apply to most lean-steering cars. Lean steering cars simply cannot react quickly enough and are thus prone to accidents. You can put it to a vote and if the drivers are cool with it then you can let it fly.

2. Cars cannot have a motor or drive train of any kind.

No gas motors, no electrical, no solar powered, no shifting counterweights, pedals, etc. Nothing. Get it? Gravity is the only source of power and speed attainment that is allowed. Do not get any clever ideas; you can’t be clever because you’re in the LVISBF.

3. All cars must have a braking system of some kind.

You have to have the ability to stop your car at the finish line at least. Braking systems are up to you, simple scrub brakes to 4 wheel disc brakes have been employed, budget and ingenuity will determine what works best for you.

Braking systems must be on a minimum of two wheels. Single wheel brakes are not acceptable.

Types of acceptable braking systems: You must have at least one of these on your car.

Scrub (a plate or pad applied directly to the wheel)

Drum (a drum with a set of shoes that grab the drum)

Disc (a caliper and rotor set up much like a car)

Band (similar to a drum brake, utilizing a band around a braking surface)

Bicycle (drum, disc, V, U, Y, center pull, caliper, coaster)

Types of unacceptable braking systems: You will not be allowed to run with these systems.

Drag (utilizing the ground as the braking surface)

Feet (no Barney Rubble, stay home)

Anchor (a heavy object cast from the car to create drag)

4. Vehicle weaponry of any kind is forbidden.

No spikes, no Ben-Hur chariot style spinners, nothing that shoots or drops stuff, no oil slicks, flour tossers, Paintball guns, ketchup shooters etc. Nothing. You may have bumpers on your car, nerf bars around the wheels etc. It’s just you, your car and the road, that is all that is allowed and all that you will need. Vehicle weaponry is enticing but the ensuing arms race would escalate until someone lost an eye or got a punctured lung etc. It’s better not to delve in these areas.

5. Cars can be excluded because they are grossly too big, heavy, have spikes or other weapons, or are obviously unsafe. Cars must pass Tech Inspection.

The Tech inspector’s job is to make sure that everyone’s car is safe, they check for sharp objects, braking systems, and other unsafe things. If the tech inspector wants to look at your car, you need to pull it out and show him/her. If the tech inspector deems your car unsafe, you can’t race. Refusal to let the tech inspector check your car, you don’t race. Other things that you should not have: Sharp edges, giant Rat-Fink style brake levers, wings, fins, or other protrusions that could potentially gash or impale other drivers in a wreck. Look at your car and think, “Would I be ok if that thing hit me?” If no, then you need to make changes. A driver should be able to load their car unassisted into a truck or van, if you can’t it’s too heavy. A car should not be so big that it requires a special vehicle to cart it around in, no car chassis etc. Cars should not be excluded just because they are markedly faster, tougher, or cooler than your car. Nor should a car be excluded just because you don’t like the driver, we’re big kids: child-like, not childish. When in doubt, a group vote determines the eligibility of a given car.

6. No deliberate weighting of one’s car is allowed.

You can no longer add weight to your car; it must be run at its natural weight. No ballast. This means, no lead weights, no weight-lifter weights, jugs of water, no sandbags etc. In addition you cannot load your frame rails with lead shot, sand, water, sleeve more metal inside them, or anything else just to make your car heavier. Nor can you weld three frame rails together when we all know one will do. Do not build your car with excessively thick tubing or solid stock. Nor can you have an electric horn, lights or sound system, they take batteries, batteries have lead in them, they are weight. Small bicycle safety lights are ok. Don’t try and clever with this one. A car with low rolling resistance and a good areo package will carry the day; you do not need a 500 lb behemoth to get to the cones first. Do not try and cheat, if you get caught cheating we will destroy your car. This is a safety issue. If you watch the races, you’ll see in crashes little objects flying this way and that, those objects are often times weights that have been ejected from the car. A ten-pound weight going 40+ mph can pack a wallop. Also, heaver cars will not be able to manage turns well nor will they be able to stop. Do you want 400, 500, or 600 lbs of car and driver plowing into you if they can’t stop? No you don’t.

7. You must have a loop on the front and rear of your car so we can tow it.

You will need a loop front and rear so you can attach a tow strap to you car and someone can attach a tow strap to you. This is a logistical concern. We have 30-40 trucks and vans going up the hill, it’s a mess. You can tow 6 cars and 6 drivers up the hill with one truck that will make the set up time between races much shorter. More races, closer together means less interaction with the locals and thus less chance for things to go wrong. You’ll need to have a tow strap in your car that is secured so it won’t fly out or unfurl during the race. Every car must have this.

8. No bullshit.

The no bullshit rule is left to be vague for the guy that is looking for a loophole in the rules to gain an unfair advantage. Just because every possibility was not covered does not mean you should go on and do it. We reserve the right to DQ your car for any reason. We will be fair, Veteran drivers keep in mind your long tenure does not confer any special treatment, everyone is subject to the rules, please follow them. Just stop being a pussy and race.

Race Rules

The guidelines have been modified to suit our chapter, but our methods are the official SFVISBF way to race. Several components make up an LVISBF race: namely Set up, Start, Race, Finish and Trophies.

Official Race Rules:

1. There shall be no entrance fee to race.

Racing is free and no individual driver will be charged an entrance fee to race at a LVISBF soapbox race. You may pool and or collect money to pay for promotional materials (i.e., flyers, posters, videos, etc.) but no one will pay to simply enter a car and race. If you race a lot, a donation will be greatly appreciated to cover patches, flyers and other operational costs.

2. Car set up at starting line

Cars should be lined up at the given starting line evenly in a row that will accommodate the most cars. If you have a high number of cars that one row will not suffice, you’ll have to make two rows. Car placement will be done by an arbitrary dealing of numbered spaces. A pack of ordinary playing cards, numbered, will work well for this application. Shuffle the cards together equal to the number of cars and pass them out. If you can fit say eight cars across then numbers 1-8 will line up in the first row, then numbers 9-16 in the second, 17-24 in the third etc. Try to keep only two rows, more give the people in front too much of an advantage. Cars can be a few inches apart at the start and still have a clean take off. If you are doing a later race, cars can line up however they wish, best to let the guys in the back get up front, it’s only fair, give everyone a chance to get out there. Cars must be lined up straight and the driver must keep their car in place by holding down their brake. You cannot have an outside holder as a holder can easily become a pusher, and pushing is forbidden. You should not have your feet out at the start, as you may get hurt.

3. You cannot have a pusher, nor can you do a “wheelchair start”.

There are no push starts in the LVISBF. No one may assist your car by pushing, nor are you allowed to roll your wheels wheel chair style to gain speed. Gravity and gravity alone is your only source or speed. Each racer must apply their own brake at the starting line and release it upon the completion of the 3-2-1 count down.

4. All cars shall race at the same time.

There are no time trials, no elimination heats etc. If you broke things up into heats and the police came and broke it up you’d have half the drivers not being able to race, no fun. Everyone races all at once, all together; this is the LVISBF way, it is what makes us hardcore and all other soapbox crews pussies. Racing a stopwatch is boring, too much time is taken up in elimination heats, all the action at once, the most intense experience you may ever have, did I mention it was more fun this way? Well it is.

5. Starting the race and releasing the brake.

Once your cars are in line the call to race will be given. Before the call, give a “Ready on the right, ready on the left” call to make sure everyone is ready and focused. Everyone should have their brake applied and ready to race. The countdown is done by a selected driver to call a 3 count. The count is 3,2,1 letting go of your brake upon the utterance of “1”. Not 3,2,1 then go, you go upon the utterance 1.

6. Rubbing is Racing.

During the course of the race the adage “rubbing is racing” does apply. It is legal to hit other cars. You engage in this rough trade at your own level. Higher speed courses will spread the group out quickly, but keep your contact with other cars to a minimum unless you want bad accidents, just a suggestion. Lower speed courses contact is less likely to create bad accidents, not saying it has not happened though, be warned. Realize that the bar for aggressive driving will rise as your drivers gain more confidence; by the end of our first season the races were more akin to a running demolition derby than a race. If a car is passing you, it is the best policy to let them pass. Deliberately cutting off faster cars can cause wrecks and tempers will flare, best not to do it. If someone is faster than you just let them pass, they earned it. If you’re coming up on a car, shout “On the left/right!” so they know you’re coming.

7. The first heat is the trophy heat.

The first race of the morning is the trophy heat. It is this first race that determines the 1st place winner, 2nd place, 3rd place, etc. All proceeding heats are “for fun” heats and trophies are not exchanged. After the first race of the given session, line up and placement for proceeding races are less important as the trophy has been won, so go have some fun and mix things up a bit.

8. Outside interference by bystanders is strictly forbidden.

We have enough to worry about without some idiot throwing water balloons at you. A water balloon can really mess someone up at 50 miles per hour, so don’t do it.

9. Winner is first car to pass the traffic cones/ traffic cones denote the finish line. The first car to cross the finish line (traffic cones) shall be declared the winner. The cones are ubiquitous orange things you see all over the place. The cones you use for the finish line must be gotten through surreptitious means. You cannot go out and buy traffic cones, understand this. When you pass the cones, begin braking and pull to the right. Drivers doing their best “Dukes of Hazzard” impression by executing brodies in the raceway will cause needless wrecks. Brake, look to the right, move to the right, get yourself out of the way as other drivers finish the course. We have had many more wrecks after the cones than before, thus this rule should be followed to the letter.

10. Awarding of trophies.

1st place winner shall keep the winning trophy until the next month’s race where they present it to the next winner. The last place car gets the skunk trophy. The skunk trophy is passed along just like the winner trophy, perhaps with more fanfare. The trophies must be made from some metal bits, nothing purchased please. Each winner and loser is welcome to put some decorations on the trophies; we recommend macaroni and gold spray paint.

11. Awarding of Race Completed stickers and LVISBF t-shirts.

Drivers that get their car past the finish line in the first heat get a race-completed sticker. Stickers go to the car, not the driver, one sticker per car per session. If you crash, you have to drag your car to the end if you want a sticker. You cannot truck it down to the end, you crashed, and you push it. A driver that completes two separate sessions, not two races but two different trophy dashes in different months gets a LVISBF DRIVER t-shirt. The reasoning for this is if you race once you’re a fool, if you come back after a month and race again, then you know, thus you’re a driver.

12. No bullshit.

Again, the no bullshit rule is left to be vague for the guy that is looking for a loophole in the rules to gain an unfair advantage. Just because every possibility was not covered does not mean you should go on and do it. Just stop being a pussy and race.

Safety Gear

Drivers must wear a full-skull helmet, gloves, and any other protection they deem necessary. You cannot race without a helmet. More protection can’t hurt; it has been the difference between severe injury and walking away from a wreck. Any part of the car you’re driving that can come in contact with your body in a collision should be padded or you should wear some padding. Leather Jackets, welding jackets, riding leathers, sports pads, chin guards, all used to useful effect. Only a fool would race without a helmet, there are dumber ways to die but not much. Higher speed courses you’ll need safety glasses as the high speeds will cause your eyes to water, not to mention a pebble flicking into your eye at 50 mph will smarts really bad. Protect yourself; you’ll be better for it as you can race again. Not that we enforce this, but being fit does help keep your bones in place when you go skittering across the pavement. Most stunt riders, and extreme sports practitioners spend some time in the gym, fitness can’t hurt. Big fat slobs are of course welcome, you can even smoke while you race, we really don’t care.

Course Location/Use Guidelines

Each chapter must find appropriate hills in which to race upon. There are several factors that one must consider in finding the right hills, these factors include; accessibility, length and features, traffic, and home density. Each chapter must also determine and keep a consistent monthly race date and time that will remain unaltered throughout the racing season, which is March through December. Weather may dictate a different schedule for other chapters; the key is to race on the same week and day of the month.

1. Accessibility

The hills one selects must be accessible. One should not have to traverse over hill and dale to get their car to the top. A good hill is one that you can load your cars in a truck and drive to the top. If it’s a short way to push your car up then perhaps the hill is too short. Having places to legally park your tow vehicle(s) will save you from needless trouble later. Also, picking hills that are extremely hard to find may prove difficult for new drivers to join your ranks. As your events grow, you’ll need to think about spectators and their parking. As the need arises, you’ll have to adapt to the situation of increased interest. It may involve some logistics on your part. Keep these factors in mind when looking for your hills.

2. Length and Features

These two factors are perhaps the most important factors for your SFVISBF chapter. You should, well you’ll need to have several hills that are different from each other to make things interesting and keep longevity in your races. If you race the same one hill over and over again, people will become bored and your numbers will dwindle. We think that four hills is a good number, more are better of course but no less than four. These hills will need to have some length to them so you can get a good run in, at least try to have courses a ½ mile long. Shorter hills are too quick, no time to mix it up or really get down, so keep your hills on the long side and you’ll have more fun. Width is also important. The starting place of your hills should be able to accommodate a minimum of 6-10 cars in a row. The wider the start the better, as a single row is more fair of a starting position for everyone than multiple rows. Your hills should have some steep to them so you can get some speed. Hills that are too steep can be dangerous. A super steep section followed by a long flat would be ok, use your best judgment. Most of our hills we have been averaging 25-30 on the slow sections and 40-55 mph on the fast sections. All of your courses must be able to be started from a cold stop. Pushers or rolling off from your wheels wheelchair style is not permitted. The start of your courses must be steep enough to allow every car to gain speed from a dead stop. This way, it is just car, driver and the road that provide the necessary ingredients for victory. Pushing can give unfair advantage to the guy that has the track star or linebacker for a pusher. You should have a hill that is a long drag type hill, one with lots of turns, one with bumps or a funnel etc. you get the idea. The reasoning for this is some cars and drivers will excel on certain types of hills where others will do well on others, it gives everyone a chance to shine. Some of our racers will place in the top 3 every time on the long drag courses and place near last on the twisty turny courses, every time. It keeps things interesting. Courses that have a steep start and then have some turns and then some flats will really change things up as different cars will perform better or worse on each of these sections. The more varied features you have on your courses the more fun and challenging they become. The end of your track is also important. You don’t want the end of your course to be the busiest 4-lane intersection in town. Courses with plenty of leader and the end are ideal so racers that experience brake failure, loss of conciseness, are overcome with glee, or have a damaged car can roll safely to a stop. An abrupt end to your track can pose problems if races are concentrating more on dueling each other than the location of the cones. Look for features that keep things interesting and interest will be there. Mix things up, keep it fresh and you’ll have more exciting races and bigger turn-outs. If you live in an area that is completely devoid of hills, we recommend using parking structures in the late hours of the night for some fun. Parking structure cars need to be lighter as you may have to carry them up several flights of stairs.

3. Traffic

Traffic is an issue for sure; this is why we race at 7:30 in the AM. Race times should be early for several reasons, one of them is traffic. Racing soapbox is not an everyday occurrence, unlike people riding a bicycle or skateboard down a hill a group of soapbox racers rolling down a hill will get a lot of looks. People in cars will gawk, they will stop in the middle of the street, and they will slow down as they crane their necks to see what you are doing. Too many people in cars doing the aforementioned things will invariably lead to accidents. Your races will be shut down if they are deemed an attractive nuisance. Pick roads that have low traffic. You smacking some SUV with your soapbox car is all kinds of bad, avoid roads that will have cars jumping into the flow of traffic with you, suddenly showing up in front or behind you as they may react poorly to your presence. Dead end roads are thus the best to race on as they greatly reduce the traffic factor. Cars coming up the hill and doing u-turns in front of you is also a factor. Every track we use is a dead end road except for one, and that one ends in a park/dirt road, there is a very good reason for this.

4. Home Density

Related to traffic is home density. Racing past a mess of houses can spell disaster as some suburbanite backs his Volvo out into the midst of you-pow! You get the idea. People in cars are looking for people in cars, not soapbox cars. Most soapbox cars are low profile machines, they may be under the average motorists radar. Also people, kids, animals from houses suddenly running out into the street can be a bad thing. Some houses are fine, but as you increase the number of houses you increase the chance that something will happen. All of these things you must keep in mind as you pick your courses.

It is also important to not leave a mess, not do burnouts, or blare loud music at the wee hours of the morning. Doing these things piss the locals off, and you want to race there again don’t you? So it’s best to impact your environment as little as possible. Encounters with irate neighbors and the cops are inevitable; There are ways to deal with these people. Firstly, the goal is to get your run in. If you see cops, yell “Cops!” everyone gets in their cars and goes. This sort or panic start may not allow you to get a nice start line but if it’s either get a half ass run in or no run at all, I’ll take the run. If the neighbors come out it’s best to ignore them until you get your first run in, then you can try and talk to them. Remember these people are not rational, they are yelling at you in their underwear at 7 in the morning on a Sunday; chances are they cannot be reasoned with. It is best to be nice, explain you’re going to do a couple of runs and go away, you’ll be gone before you know it. If you feel that they are just taking out their shitty life on you just get as many runs in as you can and then split. Do not give them flyers or other information that they could use to find you, some people have bad time management skills, they may make disbanding your chapter a full time hobby. If the cops come it’s best to be nice and reason with them. We have been firm in our right to run the streets as we’re all consenting and are we really breaking any laws? Most cops don’t know the law for shit and Soapbox is not something that comes into play on the regular so they are generally unprepared to deal with it.

Racing Course Use Rules:

1. Races shall be held once a month at consistent intervals and a dedicated time.

An official race day and time must be determined and remain unaltered through the duration of your chapter’s racing season. For example, the founding chapter of the SFVISBF races every 2nd Sunday of the month at 7:30 am- we think this is best, but your chapter may need slight alterations to suit your needs. The dates and time must not be changed as the word gets out, a consistent pattern will help keep your race going. Once a month is enough as you have a few weeks of build up to the race, then the race, then the reminiscing of the race for a week or so, thus soapbox racing can keep you on a high all month. Race more and you diminish the hype, race less and people loose interest. Racing consistently is important to keep your chapter healthy and flourishing, and quite frankly if you are not dedicated to soapbox racing at least once a month then you are not LVISBF material. We race rain or shine, in all climes no matter what. Rain will deter some but not all and the ones that race will certainly have the respect of their soapbox brethren. The early race time as mentioned before, is a great way to reduce the traffic factor. Other reasons that an early race time is beneficial: It minimizes traffic, bystander interference; most people are sleeping so they don’t know you are there to ruin your fun. Also an early time will remove the tourists and fare weather racers, only the truly dedicated will line up early on a Sunday morning. You’re down or you’re not, this scene is not for hipsters. This ensures that the people you race with are down as fuck, they will be cool, you’ll have a better time with less hassles, as these people know that sometimes you have to get shit done.

2. Races shall be held at alternating courses/locations each month.

Each month the race shall be held at a different one of your 4 or more race locations. In this world there are people, people that don’t want you to have any fun: The Fun Police. The Fun Police call the real police. The Fun Police hate fun, happiness can be cured and they plan to wipe it off the face of the earth like polio. To keep the fun police at bay it is very important to rotate the course every time. You have to do this; it is of paramount importance to maintain longevity to your chapter. If you have your four courses, and practice the rotation, each track gets used once every four months. We have never had a repeat occurrence of an angry homeowner or baffled police at our track because we rotate the courses. Someone that was up for some reason that day may not be up at the exact same time in a few months. You run a course and then don’t come back for several months most people will have forgotten about you after you’re not there next week or next month. If you have repeated frequent visits to the same place, people can put things together and then make a concerted effort to stop your fun. This is why you must rotate courses.

3. Each course shall be given an identifying code name or moniker.

Each course should be given a name or moniker based upon its most outstanding feature or landmark; for example, “Par 4” is located next to a golf course. These code names are useful to keep the actual names of the streets somewhat vague to bystanders and the fuzz if they are present. If you get your run busted up by the police or angry PTA members you can say “Meet at Foggy Fairlane” and everyone will know what you’re talking about. If the police disperse you, when this happens and you still want to race, the default hill should be called out so you can get to the next course quickly. The default hill is a predetermined hill that you all know. If the call to go to the default hill is made you should use the course code name so those not involved have difficulty following you.

4. Testing on official hills is forbidden.

There are very valid reasons for this and I want you all to be aware of this, as it seems to be a problem. It needs to stop. You test on a course; you raise awareness of what we are doing. This allows angry homeowners to have time to prepare an attack. By testing you’re saying, “hello I’m here” we don’t want that. Some people as you all know have nothing better to do with their time but spoil other peoples fun, these kind of people are everywhere, we race in their neighborhoods.

Also if you get some impromptu thing together with a few of you and people come to check it out they will think what we do is bunk. When you test on our hills you’re carrying our name and organization with you whether you think you are or not. This adds to the confusion, when is the race? Are they racing at night too? We need everybody to know that LVISBF means the baddest soapbox racing in the land, keep doing small unofficial runs and we appear to be lame and unorganized. This has nothing to do with power, we want to keep doing this, the rules are in place to create longevity, and by testing on official hills you jeopardize that. This is not about just you and your fun; it is about everyone’s fun.

Here is the new official rule regarding testing on official courses:

Anyone caught testing their car, any soapbox car on an official course that we have used or have used in the past or will use in the present will be excluded from the next race. Second time offenders are banned for the season. Yes, we’re fucking serious. There are many neutral hills that are great for one, two, or five cars that are not good for or official races; you want to test your car, go use one of them. The rules make things work, you want to fuck it up for everyone else, prepare to suffer the consequences.

End of Season

The end of the race season should be a big to-do. Have a party, you’re still alive with all your limbs intact, and it’s a cause to celebrate as good as any. At the end of the season, get together and decide who wins the various LVISBF awards that can be earned throughout the season. The categories are as follows, you may ad new ones or omit as you wish:

Best Crash:

Awarded to the driver that wrecks the best during a race. Number of flips, amount of broken car, damage to self and property should be weighed in for this decision.

Lack of self-preservation award (biggest balls):

Given to the driver that consistently exhibits a blatant disregard for their life and continued well being during the race.

Biggest shit talker:

Given to the driver that talks the most crap during the course of the season, a highly sought after accolade.

Biggest whiner:

Awarded to the driver that complains the most.

Excuses not to race:

Given to the driver that missed the most races or after a bad wreck made them scarce on the track. Sleeping in, hung over, wrestling with sexuality, dog ate my soapbox car, threatened with divorce; we’ve heard em all. Shut up and race.

Coolest car:

The car that looks the best or has the highest level of craftsmanship should get this award.

What happened?:

Given to the driver that talked all this crap about how they were going to bring some bad-ass car and rule the circuit leaving all you punks in the dust, but it never happened, did it? You wound up at the back of the pack holding your brake or you kept wrecking or your car kept breaking. What happened?

Perfect attendance:

Given to drivers that completed every race.

Danger to self and others:

This esteemed accolade is given to the driver that crashes the most often or their erratic driving skills has put more cars on the side of the road than anyone else.

Smelliest driver:

Given to the driver that is the most unwashed or has worn an article of clothing to the point of putrescence.

Biggest cheat:

Given to the driver that employs the most dirty tricks and underhanded cheating, we salute you.

You can make other categories if you like. Fill out the template and present it to the driver along with some Mc Donald’s gift certificates.

Film Submission Guidelines:

LVISBF does not yet have a designated film monkey, so if you have footage throw it up on VIMEO or Youtube and post a link on our forums.

Of course if you want to send your film to Van Nuys to confuse the So Cal guys, here are their submission rules:

Due to increased numbers of filmers, racers, and spectators we have to make some changes in how we gather footage for each SFVISBF movie. Our film monkey has to spend about 3 hours of real time working on the movies for EVERY MINUTE that you get to enjoy on the DVD and you tube videos, this is a lot of time each month if you consider a 6 minute move is 18 hours worth of work. Part of the process that is slowing things down is the gathering of footage. From here on out, you will need to submit your film within the following parameters or we will be unable to use it. Please read everything carefully and understand that we need you to help us in keeping the SFVISBF the baddest in the land! Thanks.

1. Do not send any video or photographs via e-mail. The quality of footage that is submitted in this format is generally unusable and the files are huge.

2. Video must be submitted in the following formats only:

SFVISBF Soapbox Footage Guidlines

All submissions must be on a hard copy format (i.e., Tape or disc)

The following are acceptable formats:

Mini-DV tape

DVD (i.e., plays in a standard DVD player)

VHS tape

QuickTime files (these have a “.mov” file name extension)

AVI’s (these have a “.avi” file name extension)

Mpegs’s (these have “.mpg” or “.mp4″ filename extension)

Digital files can be burned to CD-R or DVD-rom. Do not compress the files if possible.

If you want your tapes returned: label with name, phone number, and date of race.

If you need to make special arrangements for other formats (i.e. memory chips, Hi8, etc.) contact Paul at Atomic Cycles.

We cannot spend the time converting all of these different formats to something we can use.

3. You have a week to submit footage. This is important because it takes about 3 weeks to put one of these together, so waiting two or more weeks for footage makes it impossible to get the next movie done in a reasonable timeframe.

Footage can be dropped off 24/7 at:

Atomic Cycles

17322 Saticoy

Van Nuys CA 91406

(818) 609-0113

You can call for pick up if need be, best to either mail or drop it off.

Also we need help in replication, this process takes some time and we would need a few people to copy 5-10 dvds each. I need people to step up, you have to commit to this if you want to help, we can’t have any flakes. Thanks.

Chapter Approval/Maintenance

All applicants must submit the following to be considered for official SFVISBF chapter status:

1. A minimum of four cars and drivers, more are better of course.

2. A letter stating why you should be allowed to belong to the SFVISBF

3. Pictures of your crew building your cars.

4. Pictures of completed cars.

5. Pictures of courses and descriptions.

6. Pictures of you racing.

Also, it may be beneficial to your application if you have some video footage, photos of wounds received during races, stories of your exploits, pictures of your vans and trucks that you use to haul your racers to the top, etc.

Upon a review period by our panel of judges your status will be approved or denied.

Upon approval you must do the following to maintain your good standing with the SFVISBF:

1. Continue to send photos, race descriptions, and any footage you may have to let us know you’re still racing on a regular basis.

2. Also, you’ll need to send us copies of promotional material that you’re using to build your races.

3. Build and maintain a website so we can link you to the home base.

Every year your charter will be under review, you’ll have to renew it annually to receive new race completed stickers, updated rulebook, DVD, etc. Failure to renew your charter will revoke your official SFVISBF status.

Failure to do the above will put your good standing in jeopardy.


How do you get this thing off the ground? To start you have to have at least two people willing to race and a loaner car. The loaner car is key as it will give people a taste without having to spend any time building. A couple of loaners are better than one. Once you have some interest amongst your friends, it’s time to promote. Flyers that denote the race time and location can be left anywhere people congregate. You should make two flyers, one with the complete race dates and one for each race with the location and time of that months course. Grocery stores, record stores, hobby shops, etc. are a good place to start. Places where people build stuff like motorcycle shops, hot rod auto parts stores are good as well. It may take some time, but keep it out there for the public to grab and you’ll create interest. Displaying of your cars at the local hot rod gathering is a great place to generate interest as well. In addition to these more traditional methods, a website or e-mail list is good to keep the interest up. Use what works best in your area. Pictures of your races and of course video footage are great tools to get people out there that have cold feet.

As your group develops, it will be advised to meet at a neutral location and then move to the course in masse. We found that congregating in a neighborhood at 6 in the morning was getting the cops before we had one heat, this system ensures we get at least one race in.

Belonging to the mighty SFVISBF

Your chapter is part of a federation. The inclusion in it’s mighty ranks will require that you step up to the plate and stand brave in the face of bold opposition and carry the name of SFVISBF admirably and adhere to our standards of true soapbox racing.

You will be expected to communicate with the founding chapter of the SFVISBF

in The San Fernando Valley of Southern California in order to keep us informed of your racing participation numbers, courses (they better be good), and other chapter shenanigans.

We reserve the right to revoke any SFVISBF sponsorship if we feel that your chapter is not living up to our standards of down and dirty soapbox racing. So, race proud, race strong and you will have the honor and might of our bold federation behind you.

Viva la Soapbox Racing!


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