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Congratulations to Frank Williams for winning the 2013 World Series Championships in both Street Luge and Classic Luge!

Frank Williams riding a Bottle Rocket 2.0

We ride the streets of Portland on some of the fastest, greenest vehicles available. Powered by gravity alone we reach speeds exceeding 70 mph. Done with safety as a primary concern we keep ourselves out of harm's way.

If you would like to join us for a ride in Portland, or want to learn how to build and ride your own luge, please feel free to contact us.

Street luge got it's start in California where long boarders would lay down on their decks in order to achieve greater speeds. The first official sanctioned races started in 1975 and reached their popularity pinnacle in the late 90's and early 00's being featured in the Gravity Games and X-Games. Advancements in skateboard wheels and trucks allow street luges to reach even greater speeds than ever before. Originally made from wood, street luges started being made of steel, aluminum, fiberglass and even carbon fiber. Now the typical street luge is made from metal with three to four trucks and up to 8 wheels for extra traction. Advancements in long board wheels and trucks have made speeds up to 98 mph possible, with the 100 mph barrier a target for many. The Maryhill Festival of Speed is one of the most popular races in the world and includes classes for street luge and classic luge.

Like street luge, classic luge (also known as "buttboards") are a class of lay down gravity powered vehicle, but race sanctioning bodies have put limits on it's size, weight and equipment. Designed to herald back to the early days of street luge, the racing is fast, tight and very competitive. Because it's also designed to be a budget minded class it's growing in popularity and attendance often exceeds that of street luge classes.

 

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