We interrupt this scintillating, epic saga of world travels to bring you back home to Macon, GA.
Perhaps one of my favorite events here in the Spring, bigger than even the International Cherry Blossom Festival, is the Magnolia Soap Box Derby. There are thrills, chills and crashes, but no one really gets hurt and damage is limited to some hay bales falling apart.
From a photography point of view, the flying hay makes a great visual & the time of year means that it’s not yet too hot. It takes up a few blocks of an intown neighborhood and there are food trucks and *even* (gasp!) adult beverages.
I arrived today as the adult teams, with professional and shade-tree classes, were doing their practice runs. (As an aside, the practice runs may be the best because the cars are not yet tested on Magnolia St’s 22% incline. Even though drivers may try to hold back, sometimes the wheels come off. Uhm… spoiler alert!)
The result being that we ask the question, is this an imitation of a hot rod van or just a box for moving hay bales?
This driver certainly showed cool composure even though he had no brakes. His engine was purely ballast since it came up under sudden deceleration!!!
Likewise, Freeman Cabinets made an excellent cabinet, the put it on four wheels. Like so many before them, they paid scant attention to their brakes, but the cabinets held up well in the collisions with the hay bales. I might suggest that you have them redo your kitchen and bathroom, but not your car.
And, finally, Historic Macon’s car didn’t win any speed contests (they did wipe out even going over the hay bales & hitting the fence), but did win for extravagant and useless details.
And finally, we have a run from start to wipe out. Usually a driver starts to zig zag early on and you know the odds are, he or she is not gonna finish.