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Hinckley BID's Annual 12th Soap Box Derby

Published Tuesday, 11 July 2023

Press release issued by Hinckley BID.

Hinckley BID's 12th annual Soap Box Derby once again proved a real winner, with a record crowd of thousands of spectators.

Visitors travelled from across the Midlands and beyond to cheer on the drivers at the popular event, which was held on Sunday on Hinckley's Castle Street.

Speeds of up to 35pmh were recorded by some of the carefully-crafted soap boxes who raced for the time-trial annual trophies.

With categories including Senior and Junior, Amateur, Novelty and Best Turned-Out Soap Box & Crew, this year's entries surpassed all expectations. Some of the team names also reflected their enthusiasm, with vehicles called The Banana Bunch, Fast not Furious and the Flying Duckman. Mayor, Councillor Scott Gibbens, also had a run down the hill and bravely took the jump in the Dad’s Army Soap Box.

Organiser Toni Scott, from Hinckley BID, said:

"Once again the weather held out for our brave entrants to push their vehicles to the limit. Our thanks to all who entered and to the many volunteers who assisted us."

BID Director Steve Wegerif added:

"Our thanks to all the businesses in Hinckley town centre – their financial contribution to the BID enables these huge events to take place and allow us to showcase the very best of Hinckley. Thanks also to those who made this event happen."

For further information, contact Toni Scott, events manager for Hinckley BID, by calling 01455 698494.