Get into gear to join annual soapbox derby

Soapbox derby newport Pagnell 2011
Soapbox derby newport Pagnell 2011

THE challenge is on. Newport Pagnell is being asked to get off its soapbox – and drive it instead.

Two brothers Nick and Gary Walduck who revived the old Newport tradition of the Soapbox Derby – building hand made carts to race down Silver Street after more than 25 years – are challenging local people to do it again.

The Soap Box Derby 2011 looks set to be just as popular as before.

Nick, 39, from Carroll Close, explained: “The Soapbox Derby was an old-fashioned Newport Pagnell tradition that ran for many years. It started back in the 1950s and sadly ended about 1985. I think I was about seven when I raced in it.

“My brother Gary and I were talking about all the old events like the pram race and the yard of ale and decided it was worth bring the derby back. The carnival in July, which used to be run over two days, now only has the main carnival on the Saturday so we decided to hold the derby on the Sunday morning.

“Applicants have to hand build a cart to certain rules and then race against each other down Silver Street in the centre of town. It’s for all ages. We have three trophies and we raise money for Willen Hospice. It’s a real fun experience for the driver, the teams, the supporters and the public.

“Last year we had a VW Beetle, a 1950s hot rod and even a wedge of cheese driven by a mouse. The winner was Roy Pink Cycles from the high street in conjunction with Aston Martin. There were lots of excited spectators cheering them all along.

“Due to such an overwhelming response last year we have decided to go for it again and preparations are currently under way. A few entry forms are left at Pink’s. It’s £10 an entry.”

The Soapbox Derby is on Sunday, July 10 at 10.30am in Silver Street, Newport Pagnell.