Empty beer cans are used for a lot of different things. In our warehouse alone, they serve as penholders, coffee cups, bottle openers and doorstops. In other words, beer cans are the Swiss army knives of packaging.
What about a beer can race car? The organizers of Vancouver’s first Beer Can Derby like the way you think.
The Derby is set for this Sunday, November 8, 2015 at WISE Hall, in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Contestants will race their beer can racers on a 64-foot-long track, featuring an 8 to 12 foot starting drop to give the beer cans a boost on their way down the track. Three classes of cars will clash: the Crusher (Cars made with 355mL (12oz) cans); the Tall Boy (Cars made with 473 mL(16oz)cans) and the Oil Can (Cars made with 700-1000mL(24-34oz) cans).
Prizes will be awarded to both the fastest and best looking cars, so attendees are encouraged to make sure their car is not only fast but flashy as well. The coveted Brewer’s Cup will also be presented to the brewery with the fastest car. Attendees are encouraged to construct their cars beforehand, but parts will also be available to make them at the event.
100% of all proceeds from the event go directly towards the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, a non-profit organization that empowers people to nourish themselves by providing access to healthy food, education and training. The GVFB provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver.
The event is open to adults only(19+) at the WISE Hall (1882 Adanac Street) from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets to watch or race cars are $20 and can be purchased here.
For more information, visit the Derby’s website.