Yesterday Star Trek super fan Rob Wixey cycled to the premiere of Into the Darkness in his homemade soapbox Starship.
The avid sci-fi fan spent two months building the craft with a team of three friends for the Red Bull Soapbox race which takes place at Alexandra Palace on Sunday 14 July.
Rob, 29, from Ealing pulled up at the star-studded event in a three metre long by two metre wide soapbox Starship made from fibreglass. He sported a full Spock outfit – including a pair of prosthetic Vulcan ear tips.
The team at Red Bull were so impressed with Rob’s entry that gave him tickets to the Star Trek premiere – he arrived in the ultimate Star Trek style.
Rob Wixey, says, “Only yesterday I entered into a sci-fi short film contest judged by Benedict Cumberbatch and now I will be watching the Star Trek premiere with him – the whole experience is overwhelming. Now I can’t wait for the Red Bull Soapbox event, maybe some of the Star Trek cast will come down and cheer me on!
“People’s reactions to the Starship today have been brilliant – they loved it.
“I have such an admiration for JJ Abrams and it’s great to be part of the premiere – though I do feel slightly overdressed.”
About the Starship
There is a steel framework welded together as a base for the Starship’s structure. This is welded to half a bike, with inverted handlebars for ease of steering.
The bulk of the shape was built with a mixture of plywood and polystyrene, which was hand sculpted to the desired form. This was then coated in fibreglass and sanded before painting.