PICTURES: Thrills and spills at Portishead Soapbox Race

PUBLISHED: 16:25 15 July 2019

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Thousands of people lined the track as daredevils raced to the chequered flag at Portishead Soapbox Race.

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Dozens of teams took part in yesterday's (Sunday's) race, which has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance since being resurrected for the first time since the 1950s in 2017.

Organisers hope to raise thousands of pounds for St Peter's Hospice, as the event once again drew a huge crowd to the Lake Grounds.

After a hard-fought day of thrilling speed and fine margins, Bristol Freeride topped the podium with a best time of 29.26 seconds down the testing Esplanade Road course.

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The sliver medal went to Spanner Monkeys, who finished narrowly behind the winners in 29.57 seconds.

Team Flash Champions, the reigning back-to-back champions, had to settle for third, while the karts of A-Van-Gers and Swagelok Bristol also performed well.

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Portishead Soap box races.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONPortishead Soap box races. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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