Suffolk soapbox race returns with ‘Red Bull’ style start ramp and added attractions for spectators

One of the racers at the starting line at last year's event. Picture: NIGE BROWN

One of the racers at the starting line at last year's event. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

A soapbox race is returning to Suffolk featuring a special start ramp for “extra excitement”.

A race entrant with his go-kart and Framlingham Castle in the background. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

A race entrant with his go-kart and Framlingham Castle in the background. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

Framlingham Town Council is organising the “Gravity Go-Cart Race” in Market Hill from noon on Sunday, May 20.

It includes three age categories - adults, high school and primary school - with “exclusive” handmade trophies for the winners.

Food stalls on Market Hill will included Hall Farm Butchers BBQ, Roberto’s Ice Cream, The Coffee Pod, Smokey Jones Chilli and Siam Rice box.

The council has invested more than £2,600 to cover insurance, traffic management and first aid as well as straw bales and barriers for the course.

Crowds watch the action in Market Hill. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Crowds watch the action in Market Hill. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant


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“We are very grateful to all our organisers and helpers who give up their time voluntarily to provide this unique and exciuting event for Framlingham,” a spokesman added. “The soap boxes will start from a raised ramp in a similar style to the famous Red Bull Soap Box races.” The town council is seeking further event sponsors.

Entry is £15 per cart, with up to three drivers per cart. Primary school age children go free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Each driver must have appropriate insurance, which can be bought for around £10 from Sports Cover Direct.

Visit Framlingham Soapbox Race for event details, application forms and sponsorship opportunities.

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