Time to sign up for Welton Soapbox Derby 2015

Welton Soapbox Derby 2014
Welton Soapbox Derby 2014

Carts of all sorts of designs will once again be tested against the Welton Soapbox Derby course this year.

Entries are now open for the event, which will take place in the village on Saturday June 20.

Anyone can enter a soapbox cart they design and build themselves, but applicants need to be quick as 26 of the 40 slots have already been taken.

Chris Barlow, one of the organisers, said: “On the back of the success of last year’s event where everyone was absolutely buzzing afterwards, we’re going to be doing it all again. It’s a great community event that drew in the crowds last year. The derby is being held on the same weekend as the Welton Village Summer Fete, so there will be plenty going on.

“The derby is split into categories; admission for carts is £5 for ages eight to 11, £8 for 12 to 15, and £10 for those aged 16 and over. Discounts are negotiable for pensioners!

“We recommend anyone who enters comes and has a look at the course, as it can be a bit tricky. It starts at the White Horse pub with a push start, then gravity takes over. You go downhill, past the church and a right-hander, down a steep section, then there’s a 90 degree left, and the run to the finish.

“On the day there will be medals for the best time in each category, the top speed overall, and one for creativity as that often slows the carts down.

“We recommend teams of four – a driver, maybe a passenger or co-driver, and people to push at the start. Although there will be plenty of spectators and rates for them pushing can be negotiated on the day!”

For details search Welton Soapbox Derby 2015 on Facebook. For an entry form and the details on cart specifications, send an email to