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It was only a matter of time for the soapbox phenomena to arrive on the doorstep of the Peak District. 2014 will see Glossop and District Round Table and Bankswood Music Festival join forces. Do not underestimate the power of this force as it has spawned the only soapbox derby you really want to enter! Can you and your team build a soapbox? There’s one thing building it, but can you race it down the formidable and exhilarating, Bankswood Park in Hadfield! This amazing event is due to commence on the morning of Sunday 24th August, at the Bankswood Music Festival 2014. Why not come along, race and then enjoy the music for the rest of the weekend.
Predominantly originating from the U.S, the U.K adopted this slippery form of racing and named the soapbox a gravity racer. Originally, the “Soapbox” would have been built from wooden soap crates and rollerskate wheels. As evolution took its place the soapbox evolved from a crate and skate wheels into some of the wildest modes of racing contraptions known to mankind. The soapbox or gravity racer is a motorless vehicle capable of holding a driver built for the purpose of racing. They are propelled by gravity and have been known to achieve speeds never dreamt of by humans or soap. In the UK, soapbox derby’s have recently become more popular, brought to the masses by large events such as the Red Bull soapbox race.
The rules and the kart specification will be provided in the registration pack provided which can be obtained by completing the form below.
Will you and your team be the first ever winners of the greatest soapbox derby the peak district have ever seen? Fill in the form below to get all the details and registration pack.
For details on how to build a simple wooden cart check out