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GET YOUR SOAP BOX AND GO – SEIFENKISTENRENNEN IN KREUZBERG

Seifenkistenrennen or Soap Box Derby has a long tradition in Kreuzberg. Between July 16th, 1949 and today there have been 54 occasions for home-made vehicles to start their four-wheeled downhill dash in a more or less controlled manner. The story of the event can be found in an older post on this blog published in the Today In Kreuzberg series.

Despite what some call “English weather” (wet, misty and mild) this originally American race in German capital was a great event to behold. Although we missed the main race where participants travelled down the hill from the southern (steep) end of Mehringdamm towards the crossing with Bergmann- and Kreuzbergstrasse at a nerve-wrecking speed, we were right in time for the kids´ race. A debut for some of the drivers and a near-death experience judging by the look on some of the round little faces.

Here are some photos of the 54th Seifenkistenrennen in Kreuzberg today – we are growing a future team of three ourselves. By the 58th edition we are in:-)

Mehringdamm you rarely see it: traffic-free. Well, almost.

Mehringdamm you rarely see it: traffic-free. Well, almost.

Breaking is harder than driving

Breaking is harder than driving

Technische Hilfswerk at your service

Technische Hilfswerk at your service

Safe, sound and smiling

Safe, sound and smiling

Buffer Zone (used generously by the more experienced racers travelling at a bigger speed)

Buffer Zone (used generously by the more experienced racers travelling at a bigger speed)

Coming to a halt

Coming to a halt

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