Soap Box Derby 2019
Avon Dassett Soap Box Derby is back! The races will take place on 22 June 2019.
Entries open at the end of February.
For more information check here or see the Facebook page @AvonDassettSoapboxDerby.
To find out about other Soapbox Derby races visit: http://scottishcarties.org.uk/
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!
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
Charity donations are still being totaled and will be announced shortly.
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.