Don’t try this at home: Shopping Cart Racing
This short clip of Shopping Cart Racing above looks like it was taken from the great award winning documentary Carts of Darkness by Murray Siple (a former extreme sports video director who became a quadriplegic after a tragic car accident), which i’ve embedded from youtube below for you to watch.
In the documentary homeless bottle collectors in Vancouver collect glass and plastic bottles at the top of hills and then race down the steep hills of Vancouver using only their feet to control and slow them down. After collecting their bottles they rush down the hills at breakneck (quite literally) speeds!
I seriously doubt the inventor (Sylvan Goldman of Oklahoma, USA) would have thought in present days homeless bottle collectors would be Shopping Cart Racing down the vancouver hills.
Some of the racers have been clocked in as fast as 70km/h (43mph), something to think about when cycling on your bike at speeds much slower than that. What about your city? Are their cart racers there? We certainly don’t fancy trying it out, we’ll stick to our little rides along the supermarket aisles at much more sensible speeds.
Shopping Cart Racing has to be one of the most extreme and dangerous sports out there, and we doubt we’ll ever see it progress to become a mainstream sport sponsored by someone like Monster or Red Bull, Its just far to dangerous to try.
Anyway, what are you waiting for? Go watch the documentary now and if you fancy ending your life soon, go down to your local supermarket, “acquire” a shopping cart and go find yourself a hill to race down! If you don’t survive don’t come to us looking for compensation, we warned you not to try it!