WATCH: Whacky soap box racers battle for glory in Bury St Edmunds contest

Crowds gathered in Mount Road to watch the action Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Crowds gathered in Mount Road to watch the action Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE

There were some whacky races going on in Bury St Edmunds this weekend as the town hosted its first ever soap box challenge.

Organised for the My WiSH Charity, the race took place along a stretch of Mount Road between Downing Close and Shakers Lane, on Saturday.

The White Horse at Whepstead entered with this kart Picture: RACHEL EDGE

The White Horse at Whepstead entered with this kart Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE

The 250-metre course included a ramp and a chicane to test the driving skills of those in the hand-made karts.

This bat-mobile took to the streets of Bury St Emdunds on Saturday Picture: RACHEL EDGE

This bat-mobile took to the streets of Bury St Emdunds on Saturday Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE

There were 16 teams, each consisting of a driver, passenger and upto four other members.

The first ever soap box challenge was organised for the My WiSH charity's Every Heart Matters appeal

The first ever soap box challenge was organised for the My WiSH charity's Every Heart Matters appeal Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE

A spokesman from the charity said: “It was a fantastic event, attended by lots of people on the bank overlooking Mount Road and the karts were a fantastic sight.

One of the officials marshalling the whacky races Picture: RACHEL EDGE

One of the officials marshalling the whacky races Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE


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“The White Horse at Whepsrtead had a big horse bust on the front of theirs, it was quite spectacular.”

And they are off - one of the soap box derby karts gets ready to go Picture: RACHEL EDGE

And they are off - one of the soap box derby karts gets ready to go Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE

Proceeds from the race will go the Every Heart Matters appeal, which aiming to raise £500,000 to help create a fully integrated cardiac centre at West Suffolk Hospital.

This team hoped their large bike wheels would give them an advantage Picture: RACHEL EDGE

This team hoped their large bike wheels would give them an advantage Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE

Teams dressed as pirates, animals and historic characters for the soap box challenge Picture: RACHEL

Teams dressed as pirates, animals and historic characters for the soap box challenge Picture: RACHEL EDGE - Credit: RACHEL EDGE

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