Kart-loads of fun had at the first ever soapbox derby

Action from Aylesbury's first ever soapbox derby
Action from Aylesbury's first ever soapbox derby

More than 500 spectators enjoyed Aylesbury’s first ever soapbox derby at Whitehill Park on Saturday.

Karts were built by local companies, community groups, families and friends with designs ranging from the wild and wacky to smooth and sleek.

The Bees Knees cart won the Best Looking Kart award at Aylesbury's first-ever soapbox derby

The Bees Knees cart won the Best Looking Kart award at Aylesbury's first-ever soapbox derby

They included a Bumble Bee kart, which won Best Looking Kart, a racing shed, Father Christmas’ sleigh, a Luna buggy and a wide variety of racing cars made from off cuts of wood and even an old canoe.

Councillor Allison Harrison, Aylesbury town mayor said: “The time, effort, skill and enthusiasm which has gone into making these karts is very apparent.

“The initial idea for this event was to encourage groups of people, be that families, friends or colleagues, to work together on something fun and creative. “Having spoken to a number of teams at the event, this is exactly what happened.

“Then to be able to race the karts in a fun and safe environment has given all involved a fabulous day out.

Action from the first ever soapbox derby in Aylesbury

Action from the first ever soapbox derby in Aylesbury

“We look forward to being able to have even more teams take part next year.”

Four trophies were awarded at the end of the event.

Lentus Composites won the fastest combined time for companies and communities groups with a time of 44 seconds, and they also won fastest individual run of 14.5 seconds.

Tom Wylam, 15, from Haddenham won the fastest combined time for the family groups with a time of 48 seconds for Team Wiggle Auto Racing.

Tom built his kart with his father, Chris and was helped to be pushed on the day by his sister Amelia, 12.

The Best Looking Kart, was voted for on the day by the spectators and was won by Jim Webster, for his Bees Knees kart.

Aylesbury Town Council organised the event while volunteers from Aylesbury Youth Café and Rogue Racing provided assistance on the day.

To register an interest in next year’s event e-mail r.mayhew@aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk.