Soap Box Derby 19 June 2021 – CANCELLED
Unfortunately the Soapbox Derby has been cancelled for 2021 because of government restrictions. Although restrictions are gradually easing, the lead time to run the Soapbox Derby means that we will not have sufficient time to plan the race or organise the road closures etc. The Soapbox will return on 25 June 2022.
We held a virtual/online event on the Facebook Page @AvonDassettSoapboxDerby on the original date of 20 June 2020.
Please visit the Facebook page to check out some photos and videos from epic Soapbox Derbies from the past decade!
The charity we are supporting for 2022 is The Children’s Christmas Wish List and we have a number of sponsorship opportunities available ranging from banners on the course, to sponsoring the start/finish lines or having adverts in our programme. For more details please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information check here or see the Facebook page @AvonDassettSoapboxDerby.
To find out about other Soapbox Derby races visit: http://scottishcarties.org.uk/
Soap Box Derby 2019
Avon Dassett Soap Box Derby took place on 22 June 2019. There were a record number of entries in both junior and senior classes. The senior races saw the return of the head-to-head racing with a number of close finishes. The race raised £777.32 for Zoe’s Baby Place Hospice in Coventry, £500 for Fenny Compton Explorers and £200 for Fenny Compton Church Roof Fund. All costs were covered by entry fees, sponsorship and grants with all donations from the public going directly to the charities and local groups.
- Megan Taplin, BDS Bullet (Avon Dassett)
- Jamie Welford, Red Lion Racing (Northend)
- Frank Whatcott, Jim Clark Special (Bishops Itchington)
Senior Lead Driver Winners
- Richard Burton, Acceleramus (London)
- Ben Gascoigne, Project Nein (Coventry)
- Phil Baxter, BDS Bullet (Avon Dassett)
Senior Second Driver Winners
- Gareth Woolford, Project Nein (Coventry)
- Ben Weir, BDS Bullet (Avon Dassett)
- Andy Whyman, Red Lion Racing (Northend)
Soapbox Derby 2018
The much awaited return of Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby took place on a bright sunny day on Saturday 23rd June 2018. For the first time, there was a children’s race, starting from St John the Baptist Church. It was a closely fought race with only half a second separating first and second place! The race raised £1000 for Zoe’s Baby Place Hospice in Coventry.
1 Joseph Whatcott, Bish Bash Bosh 37.46
2 George Coe, Old Hooky, 37.96
3 Lily Rogers, Betty, 49.88
4 Samson Cox, Betty, 55.90
5 Ollie Fletcher, Bobby. 1.01.43
6 Max Fletcher, Bobby, 1.26.49
The senior race was fast and furious. There were a couple of spills but no one was hurt. In the end, Imperial Leather Racing with their kart, Project Nein, bagged 1st, 3rd and 4th place with local driver, Phil Baxter in the Baxter Development Solutions kart, BDS Bullet in 2nd place. The top five racers, including David Nicol with his kart, Fast and Fabulous all completed two runs of the course in less than a minute per run!
1 Hugo Mazzolini, Project Nein 1.41.18
2 Phil Baxter, BDS Bullet 1.42.65
3 Gareth Woolford, Project Nein 1.43.75
4 Ben Gascoigne, Project Nein 1.44.52
5 David Nicol, Fast and Fabulous 1.59.56
6 Carl Beasley, The Screaming Eagles 2.04.79
7 Mike Freeman, No Pedals 2.06.16
8 Sean Steenkamp, The Rat 2.07.35
9 Paul Mourant, No 6, 2.24.50
10 Jack Gammon, No 6, 2,30.12
11 Bleddyn Clarke, Daddymobile 3.02.45
12 Richard Adams, Black Dog 1, 3.11.72
13 Andrew Brewin, The Shed, 3.28.72
14 Chloe Priest, The Beast, 3.57.85
15 Marc Steenkamp, The Rat, 5.04.63
Donations to our two charities: Zoe’s Baby’s Place, Coventry and Southam ATC totaled £1300!
Soap Box Derby 2015
The 2015 event took place on Saturday 20th June. In spite of the appalling weather, and having to abandon the races on safety grounds, the Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby raised £2500 for BLESMA and £500 for Macmillan Nurses, the supported charites.
Many thanks to Colin Smith and Graeme Miller who worked tirelessly to organise this year’s event.
See this report from the Lentus team for information on the challenging conditions.
Report from the Chairman of Avon Dassett Soap Box Derby
THE CART RACE 20TH JUNE 2015.
The total raised from the event was £3750.00 less expenses for food and drink and printing etc., the amount available for donation was £2000.00 to BLESMA and £500.00 to McMillan Cancer Support.
The race itself was somewhat brought to any early end due to a massive downpour about 1430 hrs which brought things to a standstill for the best part of an hour.
When racing resumed there was a large amount of standing water on the course and the Race Director with my full backing decided that it was too dangerous to continue and stopped the race.
The good side was we raised a large amount for our charities due to the help of Vicky and Alistair from Fenny , Kevin Dancer, Tony Parks and Jerry Davies and above all the support of the British Army who without there support the event would not have gone ahead.
For the future, Colin has stood down as Race Director, but I have a number of experienced motor racers who want to help, also BLESMA want to enter a cart with a limbless veteran driving.
I have had contact from existing racers who want the race to continue as it is the only race where they can race head to head with other carts. All this is subject to the Avon being open and me getting support from them and also having a dedicated support team on side.
I am also considering a Kiddies’ race starting from the Old School House but all this depends on getting people on side to help.
So the bottom line is that the race can go ahead but only with the support of willing dedicated helpers.
Once again my thanks to all who helped and I will make a decision re. GO or NO GO in Jan/Feb 2016.
J. G. Miller, Chairman Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby
Each year, the Soap Box Derby raises thousands of pounds for good causes. Every year, 75% of proceeds are donated to Blesma and the remainder is distributed to other supported charities. This year, the supported charities will be Blesma (75% of proceeds) and Macmillan Nurses (25% of proceeds).
Report on 2014 Soap Box Derby
The ever popular Avon Dassett Soap Box Derby took place on 14 June 2014. It was a bitter sweet occasion this year following the sudden and tragic death of Chris Campbell, Chair of the Soap Box Derby committee. A highlight of the day was the Chris Campbell Tribute Soup can Soap Box which raced against last year’s winner, the Boot.