Photo courtesy of Beer Can Derby
Take an empty beer can. Put wheels on it. Kit it out so it looks super-cool and runs like an aerodynamic machine. Now you’ve got a beer-can racer–and all you need is a track and a bit of liquid courage.
For everyone who has dreamed of racing beer cans–or has never heard of racing beer cans but now can’t envision their life without it–Vancouver’s first Beer Can Derby is set for November 8.
“It’s the only kind of racing you can do if you’ve had a beer,” says John Moroney, laughing. He’s co-organizing the event with Derek Furtney, with help from Bomber Brewing’s Rachaal Steele. “It’s hysterical to watch,” he adds.
The craft beer enthusiasts are holding the Sunday afternoon event at WISE Hall as a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Contestants can bring their own cars or make them on-site, and then race them on a 64-foot-long track, which has an 8 to 12 foot drop at the start to get things zooming.
As the derby’s website puts it, it’s “kind of like Hot Wheels, but for adults”.
It’s like Hot Wheels for Adults: first Beer Can Derby set for Vancouver