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Red Bull Soapbox Race Takes Over Downtown LA Saturday

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Racers will take over the streets of downtown Los Angeles Saturday — soapbox derby racers, that is.

The Red Bull Soapbox Race returns to downtown Saturday, featuring some of the most whimsical and creative arts and crafts available on four wheels. Teams include the Angry Bird Droppings (based on the popular iPhone/iPad game) from Garden Grove, Team Waynes’ World from Orange County and Lucha Libre of East Los Angeles.

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A total of 40 teams will navigate a course of steep drops, two jumps and a 90-degree turn at speeds as high as the drivers can go without an engine. The first soapbox race in 2009 drew 110,000 fans.

This year’s competition will be judged by celebrities like “Dukes of Hazzards'” John Schneider, KROQ’s “Psycho” Mike Caldwell and “Mad Men” actor Sam Page.

The race, at 5th and Grand Avenue near the Los Angeles Public Library, is free to the public and starts at 1 p.m.

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