Hinckley BID's ninth annual Soap Box Derby

Man in own made racing car wearing a black helmet with the crowd to the side of him

Published Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Press release - issued on behalf of Hinckley BID

Hinckley BID’s ninth annual Soap Box Derby on Sunday 8 July, once again proved a real winner with the 43 teams who entered and the thousands of spectators who came from all over the Midlands and beyond to cheer on the drivers, aged between 12 and 74.

Held on Castle Street, Hinckley’s main shopping street, speeds of up to 35mph were recorded by the carefully crafted machines who did battle for the time-trial annual trophies and shields.

With categories including Senior and Junior, Professional and Amateur, Novelty and Best Turned Out Soap Box & Crew, the entries this year surpassed expectations.

Organisers Steve Wegerif and Martina Smullen of Hinckley BID commented, '‘once again the weather was perfect for our brave entrants to push their vehicles to the limit. Our thanks to all who entered and to all the volunteers who assisted us’'. Steve added, ‘'next year will be my 10th, we will think of something new and spectacular to add to the occasion. 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’.

For further information contact Steve Wegerif, Director Hinckley BID: 0770 939 4841

Winners

Team leaders with catagory below.

Senior - Fastest driver on the day (18 years plus)

  • First place with a time of 18.5 seconds: John Redfern, soap box no. 11, soap box name: JLR Project 9 
  • Second place with a time of 18.8 seconds: Gary Stanborough-Smith, soap box no. 31, soap box name: Dirty Truckers
  • Third place with a time of  18.9 seconds: Andy Woolaston, soap box no.14, soap box name: Team Spirit Nissan

Junior - Fastest driver on the day (12 to 17 years)

  • First place with a time of 18.6 seconds: Pete Morley, soap box no. 2, soap box name: Best Seat in the House - Team two
  • Second place with a time of 19.5 seconds: Peter Bradley, soap box no. 4, soap box name: Trinity Players
  • Third place with a time of 20.2 seconds: Morgan Gee, soap box no. 28, soap box name: The MG's

Senior - overall fastest team

  • (Average of three runs) with a time of 18.7 seconds: John Redfern, soap box no. 11, soap box name: JLR Project 9

Junior - overall fastest team

  • (Average of three runs) with a time of 18.8 seconds: Pete Morley, soap box no. 2, soap box name: Best Seat in the House - Team two

Special awards

Best turned out soap box and crew

  • Keith Rose, soap box no. 17, soap box name: Brooklands Special

Best novelty soap box

  • Des Chandler, soap box no. 3, soap box name: The overtakers

Most enthusiastic junior racer

  • Bradley Fox, soap box no. 10, soap box name: Brisca F1

Best amateur soap box

  • Sue Summerhill, soap box no. 15, soap box name: One for the Road - Pestle n Mortar