Derby 1975: "Bananas were the fastest fruit I could think of"


By Marke B.

Via Boing Boing, this video was posted by Mike Haeg on his blog. It's an amazingly well-put-together feature-length documentary of the famed 1975 Artists' soap box derby, benefitting the SFMOMA. The doc was made in 1977 by Amanda Pope, and the vehicles are the parents of today's rough and tumble art cars. (For more Burning Man prescience, listen for the sound clip from participant David Best, the guy who makes all those beautiful playa temples...)

The Incredible San Fancisco Artists' Soapbox Derby, 1975. from Mike Haeg on Vimeo.

The quotes therein are delicious. Says Mike: "I stumbled across and purchased an actual print of this film back in SF while working on a project for the SFMOMA. Amanda Pope did a great job capturing the spirit of creativity and the event itself. I wonder where all of these cars are today?"

I wonder most about the banana, and the hot bearded guy in the Berkeley bakery. Soap box!