When you think of a soapbox derby race, you imagine of a bunch of little kids decking out wagons, and watching them try not to crash into hay bails. Well if you went to the 2011 Nazareth Adult Soapbox Derby, you would’ve seen essentially the same thing, except they’re all adults, and have much more interesting cars. If you’re a Star Wars fan and have a dream to someday race as a X-Wing pilot, you’ll be glad to know that your fantasy can finally become a reality, and all for about $75.
This X-Wing Soapbox Derby Car was built by The Papier Boy, and looks just about as real as you can get. The only major things missing are the full-width wings, as they wouldn’t have been very aerodynamic going downhill. (And probably weren’t allowed) A re-wired NES controller even rotates the Styrofoam R2-D2 for 15 seconds while an iPod cranks out the authentic chirps and bleeps from the beloved droid. You can find out how to make your own on the Instructables website. This version may not be able to take you into space, but it will definitely make you the coolest grown-up on the block.