Portishead SoapBox racers gear up to take on new course

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 July 2018

More than 10,000 people watched last year's SoapBox race.

More than 10,000 people watched last year's SoapBox race.

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Homemade wagons will hurtle through Portishead on Sunday as the annual SoapBox race returns to the Lake Grounds.

More than 10,000 people watched last year's SoapBox race.More than 10,000 people watched last year's SoapBox race.

Almost 40 teams have built wacky and wild vehicles which will race down a brand new course in Esplanade Road, which features six treacherous obstacles.

On top of the high-octane racing, some ‘amazing’ food and drink will be available to refuel the crowd throughout the free event.

Organiser Ben Knowles said: “In total, 38 teams will take part in the Portishead SoapBox Race on Sunday, competing to be the fastest and wackiest homebuilt car on the course.

“Last year saw more than 10,000 people visit the event in Esplanade Road.

Team Jamaica from Portishead Stuart, Dom, Connor and Rod
Portishead Soapbox Race
16,07,17Team Jamaica from Portishead Stuart, Dom, Connor and Rod Portishead Soapbox Race 16,07,17

“The course is 400 metres long and features chicanes, kickers, twists and turns, and this year a water jump.

“Last year’s winning team, from Nailsea, are called Team Flash Champions.

“They won with a time of 31.39 seconds and are returning to compete this weekend.

“Alongside all the course action there is a selection of amazing food and drink as well as local companies showcasing their businesses in the community.

“We also have a funfair to keep the young ones entertained.”

MORE: Pictures from 2017 SoapBox race

The SoapBox race was resurrected last year for the first time since the 1950s.

It supports the St Peter’s Hospice Room To Care appeal, which is aiming to raise £1.53million for a new building, in memory of organiser Sam Garland’s mum who died from cancer in April 2017.

More than £4,500 was collected in 2017 and organisers are aiming to top £10,000 from this year’s race.

Practice efforts will begin at 10.30am before timed runs start at 12.30pm.

A medal ceremony will be held for the winners at 4.30pm.

Road closures will be in force in Esplanade Road from Friday to Monday, as well as Woodhill Road, Lake Road and Battery Lane on Sunday.

Parking is available at the site for £5 which can be paid by cash or card.

Drivers are being asked to follow the signs and marshals located throughout the town to minimise disruption.

For more information on the race, visit www.portisheadsoapbox.co.uk

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