BYOBW, Big Wheel Race Down Lombard Street

Bring Your Own Big Wheel

This Sunday, April 8th is Easter and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s time to Bring Your Own Big Wheel to the top of Lombard Street (you know, the section with the ridiculous curves) and prepare to race. Ladies and gentlemen will be starting their Big Wheels at 4pm.

2007 will be the SEVENTH ANNUAL BYOBW, neighbors and police permitting, rain or shine … there are always prizes, one year featured tighty-whities with custom denim iron-on Lombard Street Skid Marks and other years have featured paintings, string art, shellac plaques, and embroidered knit caps and t shirts, all made by me. Lombard Street is of course not the crookedest street, especially compared to Vermont Street in Potrero Hill, but with a built-in international audience and scenic landscaping, who could resist? Prizes are given for all sorts of reasons, occasionally for being first, always for being last, and as the race is designed for plastic children’s toys which are prone to failure when carrying over 80 pounds, winning isn’t the goal here – survival is. This is a free event!!!!

Eddie shot some video of last year’s BYOBW for GETV and there a ton of great photos on Flickr. Here’s another video from last year that was uploaded YouTube:

UPDATE: Here are photos and video from this year’s BYOBW.

photo credit: Troy McClure SF