Saturday 25th of June 2022 marks the return of the annual Soapbox Derby to our Avon Dassett! This free event has been held since 2007 and returned in 2018. Because of the pandemic the event had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. The Soapbox Derby continues to grow in popularity and attracts many visitors to our village. This year we have a record entry with drivers from as far away as London and Chester. The Soapbox Derby has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years and our chosen charity for 2022 is The Children’s Christmas Wish list which organises treats and outings for terminally ill children and their families.
The event continues to be run in a professional and safe manner. Qualified medics will be in attendance and a professional events company will marshall the race and manage the road closure. There is also the necessary Public Liability insurance in place for such an event.
There will be a road closure order in place on 25 June between 0900 and 1800 hours. The road through Avon Dassett will be closed to all traffic. The closures will be at the crossroads by the nurseries [Burton Dassett Hills & Farnborough] and Lower End by the play park (for more information see: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roadworksmap). Diversion signs will be in place and marshalls and volunteers will be on hand to advise members of the public of alternative routes and direct visitors to the free parking at the fete field – many thanks to Dassett Charities for letting their field be used for the event.
The Soap Box team ask if you would be good enough to clear the main road of all cars, caravans and refuse bins etc. between 0900 and 1800 on race day for safety reasons. Parking is available in the fete field. We will do our utmost to minimize disruption throughout the day. If you do need to bring a vehicle into the village during the racing time, please contact Phil on 07805 061419 and he will organise the safety car to escort you and suspend racing.
Thank you in advance for your support.
The Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby Team
In addition to the Soapbox Derby there will be a Classic Car, Van, Tractor, Lorry and Bike Meet on the fete field on Thursday 23 June from 5-9 pm. Bring your treasured classic to show others or just pop down for a chat. Kevlar’s Dining Shack will be serving food and The Yew Tree are supplying an outside bar. The Landrover Caravan and Camping Club will be camping on the fete field all weekend.
Soapbox Derby Day
Street market all day at the bottom end of the village near the play park with stalls and children’s entertainment
Children’s soapbox racing in the morning
Practice races from midday
Adults head-to-head racing from 1pm
Prize giving at 5 pm
The Yew Tree and shack will be open all day serving food and drink
There will be an evening band on at The Yew Tree
Extra toilets kindly supplied for the day by The Yew Tree and Avon Dassett Community Benefit Society