Big crowds expected to gather for Portishead Soap Box Race

PUBLISHED: 16:46 08 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:46 08 June 2019

Soapbox racing - Portishead Lake Grounds..

Soapbox racing - Portishead Lake Grounds..

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Just a few weeks remain until high-octane racing returns to the streets of Portishead, with hopes of once again raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Thrills and spills aplenty in the warm sunshine at the revival of the original soap box races held down Esplanade Road over a twisting course of 400 metres of chicanes, bends and ramps.Thrills and spills aplenty in the warm sunshine at the revival of the original soap box races held down Esplanade Road over a twisting course of 400 metres of chicanes, bends and ramps.

Portishead Soap Box Race will be held on July 14, and organisers have aspirations of bettering the success of 2018's event which raised a huge sum for a worthy cause.

Massive crowds have flocked to Esplanade Road for the race since it was resurrected two years ago, collecting more than £20,000 - £12,000 of which was presented to St Peter's Hospice last year.

The event will once again support the Bristol-based organisation, which provides palliative care to many people from North Somerset.

A record crowd expected to line the street for the race, which will see 40 teams - which have slaved over their carts for months ahead of the event - take on a new and improved course featuring a range of obstacles certain to test the teams' four-wheeled creations.

Soapbox racing at the Portishead Lake Grounds.Soapbox racing at the Portishead Lake Grounds.

Organiser Ben Knowles told the Times the race has caught the attention of tens of thousands of people.

He said: "Last year, the event saw 35 teams take to the course on Esplanade Road in front of 10,000 people to compete against the clock and be crowned the champions.

"Aptly-named Flash Champions won the race for a second year in a row and the event was in aid of St Peter's Hospice.

"We were able to raise more than £12,000.

"Coupled with the 2017 race, we have now been able to donate just over £20,000 to local charities."

In addition to being able to observe all the high-speed action from the 450m downhill course on big screens, the crowd will be able to enjoy browsing the pits and an event village when race day arrives next month, which will feature a range of stalls and food outlets.

There will also be a funfair and plenty of other attractions, giving Mr Knowles high hopes this will be the event's best year yet.

He added: "We are set for a record attendance to watch 40 teams take to the 2019 course.

"Our Facebook page for the event currently has more than 23,000 supporters from far and wide across the UK and even some in Europe."

For more information on the event, log on to www.portisheadsoapbox.co.uk

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