Great karts on show in derby

Mike Wilkes is pictured in his kart based on the children's character Thomas the Tank Engine. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-172402001
Mike Wilkes is pictured in his kart based on the children's character Thomas the Tank Engine. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-172402001
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The village of Chacombe was once again transformed into a race track as karts of all shapes and sizes took part in this year’s soapbox derby.

The Easter Monday event saw villagers gather to watch karts race down Thorpe Road.

Darren Williams crosses the finish line in his kart based on the E.L James Novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-151110001

Darren Williams crosses the finish line in his kart based on the E.L James Novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-151110001

Doug Peel-Yates crossed the line in the fastest time in the senior section, while the best dressed soapbox prize went to Darren Williams, who created a kart to look like a bed frame inspired by the EL James book Fifty Shades of Grey.

Mike Wilkes won the Best Original prize for his recreation of the Creepy Coupe – known to many as one of the racers in the children’s cartoon Wacky Races.

Will Baker, meanwhile, scooped the cup and fastest time in the junior section with his kart called the Baker 
Boys.

After the event the racers gathered at the George and Dragon pub for a barbecue before receiving their prizes from Aston Martin driver and Chacombe resident Darren Turner. And the karters might have passed on some racing tips to Mr Turner as he went on to secure a fifth place finish in the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone on Saturday!

Doug Peel-Yates gets on his marks to tackle the course in his kart called Dunn Thinking. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-151058001

Doug Peel-Yates gets on his marks to tackle the course in his kart called Dunn Thinking. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-151058001

Stephen Wilkes with his kart inspired by the Wacky Races vehicle Creepy Coupe. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-151035001

Stephen Wilkes with his kart inspired by the Wacky Races vehicle Creepy Coupe. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-151035001

Doug Peel-Yates collects his prize from Aston Martin driver Darren Turner. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-174627001

Doug Peel-Yates collects his prize from Aston Martin driver Darren Turner. Picture by Rod Miller. NNL-150413-174627001