Soapbox Derby rolls into town

Hundreds of people young and old gathered on Brackley High Street on Sunday to cheer on karts of all shapes and sizes in this year’s Soapbox Derby.

The popular town event saw karts off all designs fly down the road, with an entry from the town’s Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team starting things off.

Stuart Kirkwood, chairman, said: “The day went really well and the weather was great, especially because the last few events were affected by rain! Everyone was really happy to come down and some of the people who took part came from quite far, including one person from Wales!”

There were three classes with Ryan Devonport clocking the fastest time in the new Premier Class category in the Mercedes GP kart.

Doug Peel Yates came out on top in the senior class with his kart Dunn Thinking.

Jack Chambers Young came in second in Dragster and fifteen-year-old Sam Walker’s kart Wacky Walkers 1 finished third. He said: “I’ve been doing it for about six years now and always enjoy the atmosphere. The kart took me about a month to build and is made up of recycled parts.”

Oliver Cain was fastest in the under-15 class with the kart Jenny’s Cafe. Twelve-year-old Alex Littlewood of Baynards Green finished third in the Under-15 class with his kart AJL Mk3. He said: “It’s a great community event and I like looking at the other karts.”