Brave Alex’s big race with dad at the derby

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A very brave little boy and his family are hoping that their go-kart building skills will see them crowned champions at a Fathers Day event.

Alex Novakovic is currently receiving chemotherapy treatment for bone cancer, but as a welcome diversion he and his father Rad have been designing, tweaking and testing their very own racing machine, to take part in the Aylesbury Town Council Soapbox Derby next Sunday.

Rad said: “We are finally finished! Our soapbox kart has been created using all sorts of free materials that we have found at the dump in Aston Clinton - Zimmer frames to create the main body; the wheels were from golf trolley carts, the seat steering wheel and front steering system all came from a broken rusty old peddle cart.

“The only new items were half the nuts and bolts plus the torch lights that we mounted to give it some style!

“We wish to thank the staff at the dump Moe, Sue and Penny for all their support, they have been a huge help and seemed to enjoy the process of getting the kart together with us. “

And Rad told how making the kart for the race has given the family some sembilance of normality as they face difficult challenges.

He added: “Being part of this community event has really given Alex, and the entire family, something positive to focus on.

“Alex is at present rteceiving chemo treatment for bone cancer, this is a very difficult time and we are still not out of the woods. But one thing is certain, Alex is excited and looking forward to the challenge on the day, and tinkering on the go kart together in the garage has been so much fun.”

Allison Harrison, chair of the communities committee at Aylesbury Town Council, which is organising the event, said: “Don’t forget to come and vote for the best looking kart, with trophies and medals being awarded to the winning teams, we really hope that you enjoy this new and fun way to mark Fathers day.”

The Soapbox Derby takes place in Whitehill Park from 11am until 4pm.

Aylesbury’s Rogue Racing will be the official timekeepers for the event, and The Works, Coffee Stop and Just Baguettes will provide refreshments.