Tuesday, 27 June 2017 00:00

The Hunstanton Soapbox Derby needs you!

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The Hunstanton Soapbox Derby needs you!

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is reviving the tradition of the Hunstanton Soapbox Derby, and is looking for teams to take part. The races will take place on Sunday 17 September in Hunstanton, and entries are open now. So if anyone has ever wished they could build their own soapbox kart and race it down the hilly streets of Hunstanton, now is their chance!
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “I’m sure lots of people remember the soapbox derbies held in Hunstanton during the 1960s, 70s and 80s; the events were hugely popular and drew big crowds. We’re hoping that our modern version will be just as successful."


"The soapbox derby will mark the end of a fantastic summer season of events in the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, so whether you’re building a kart to race, or just coming to watch, we do hope you’ll join us!” 

Rosie Djurovic, Hunstanton Heritage Gardens activities co-ordinator, added: “This event is going to be so much fun: it’ll bring some traditional seaside atmosphere back to Hunstanton. We’re going to have a full day of live music, family fun, and of course, the soapbox kart races, so we want as many teams as possible to build a kart and join in. You’ve got plenty of time to build a fantastic kart, so register now, and get started!


There are a few rules to make sure the karts are safe as well as fun: take a look at them on our website. We’ll be offering a prize for the best-decorated kart, so style matters too! And even if you don’t win a race, every entrant will receive a special commemorative sew-on patch: we hope you’ll keep coming back year after year to the Hunstanton Soapbox Derby and build up a collection!” Teams can have up to four members, and entry categories are: 

  • Under-12s – entry fee is £10 per team 
  • 12-15 years old – entry fee is £12 per team 
  • Over 16s – entry fee is £15 per team 
  • Over 65s – entry fee is £12 per team 

Each team must have at least one crew member who is over 18. 

The proposed race route will begin in Boston Square, where teams will gather in the pit area, and then turn left onto Cliff Parade, and race all the way down to the mini-roundabout.

Teams can register and pay their entry fee online at west-norfolk.gov.uk/hunstantonevents


Last modified on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:32

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