Thrills and spills at soapbox derby

Chacombe Soapbox Derby. Pictures by Rod Miller. Mike Wilkes in Grumpy Grampy, the winner of the most innovative cart category. NNL-160329-102627001
Chacombe Soapbox Derby. Pictures by Rod Miller. Mike Wilkes in Grumpy Grampy, the winner of the most innovative cart category. NNL-160329-102627001

As Katie stormed into the Banbury Guardian region, eight karts stormed around Chacombe for the village’s ninth soapbox derby on Easter Monday.

The derby saw old and returning contestants take to the road in a vehicle of their own making to be the fastest on the village’s roads.

Chacombe Soapbox Derby. Pictures by Rod Miller. Becky Lever in her soapbox. NNL-160329-102700001

Chacombe Soapbox Derby. Pictures by Rod Miller. Becky Lever in her soapbox. NNL-160329-102700001

The event was won by Soap Formula, which was driven by Ben Beckingsale and just pipped Orange, driven by Robert Tustian, to be the fast kart on the track by less than half a second.

Both karts had appeared in the very first soapbox derby and while Orange and driver had appeared in all nine, Soap Formula, which won the first event, had languished in a back garden for five years only to be resurrected for Monday’s competition – and win.

Winning the most innovative kart category was Grumpy Grampy with an armchair, standard lamp, TV and cup of tea.

It was driven by Mike Wilkes.

Chacombe Soapbox Derby. Pictures by Rod Miller. The winners of the fastest cart category. Left to right, chair of Chacombe Sports and Social, Lorna Fyfe, Chris Peverell and Ben Beckingsale. NNL-160329-102638001

Chacombe Soapbox Derby. Pictures by Rod Miller. The winners of the fastest cart category. Left to right, chair of Chacombe Sports and Social, Lorna Fyfe, Chris Peverell and Ben Beckingsale. NNL-160329-102638001

Other karts taking part included Tandem, Red Dart, Baker Boys, Needs More Work and Herby 53.

Pictures taken by Rod Miller.

Chacombe Soapbox Derby. Pictures by Rod Miller. Will Baker in Baker Boys soapbox. NNL-160329-102616001

Chacombe Soapbox Derby. Pictures by Rod Miller. Will Baker in Baker Boys soapbox. NNL-160329-102616001