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Soapbox derby gears up for Hunstanton

Soapbox derby gears up for Hunstanton

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:00am 21st September 2019.

More teams than ever will be racing their handmade karts down the streets of Hunstanton tomorrow (22nd September).

The new track is said to be much faster and more exciting than before.

60 teams from across the country will be coming to Norfolk to race.

Soap Box 2018

Signups have for the Searles Soap Box Derby have come in from Newark, Wellingborough and Milton Keynes as well as the local area.

Ed Napolitano, who has won the soap box race for the last two years, said: 

"I'm excited about it. The track is similar to some of the suggestions I made to the council. It should be faster than last year."

Patrick Richardson from Hunstanton won the veteran class last year and has created, with his grandson Oliver, an Apollo 11 rocket to race on the course: 

"The new course is absolutely brilliant, much faster, much more exciting. It'll be a great family day out. I'm hoping they suspend the 30 mile per hour speed limit round here for the day as we expect to exceed that."

Paul Searle from Searles Leisure Resorts is pleased to be involved again: 

"We like to support the town whenever we can, especially when it comes to events that put Hunstanton on the map and attract visitors.

"The Soap Box Derby is an exciting event to be part of.

"The local 45 Club will also be pleased to provide the gin tent again and raise money for a local charity."

Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said:

"The Soap Box Derby was a wonderfully successful event in 2018, and we're delighted that it's coming back to Hunstanton once again, supported by Searles.

"The Soap Box Derby will be a day packed with free family entertainment, so make sure you come along and enjoy the fun."

Racing starts at 11:45am until 4:15pm.

Presentations will be made by the Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Geoff Hipperson, and Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds.