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Entries are open for the 2018 Hunstanton Soap Box Derby

Cllr Nockolds, Roger Partridge, Chris Durham push 2017 winner Ed Napolitano in his kart on The Green in Hunstanton

Published: Thursday, 7th June 2018

The 2018 Hunstanton Soap Box Derby has been officially launched, as entries are declared open!

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, operations manager Chris Durham, and activities coordinator Roger Partridge have launched the 2018 Hunstanton Soap Box Derby and declared entries officially open. They were accompanied by Ed Napolitano, winner of the 2017 race, in his winning kart.

After an incredibly successful first year, the Hunstanton Soap Box Derby will return on Sunday 23 September. The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk revived this classic seaside activity as part of the Heritage Lottery-funded project to regenerate the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, and the 2017 race exceeded all expectations, with 40 teams entering and around 4,000 spectators coming along to join in the fun.

From 10am to 5pm free family entertainment will be available on The Green, with the races beginning at noon. The teams will race their hand-made karts down the same course as last year; starting on the slope in Boston Square and finishing at the roundabout on Cliff Parade. Each team will get two timed runs down the course, and the fastest will count towards the overall result.

The fastest team in each age category will receive a trophy, and there will also an award for the best-dressed team/best-decorated kart.

Cllr Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “The Hunstanton Heritage Gardens activities programme has been a successful part of the project to attract both residents and visitors to enjoy the gardens more extensively. A wide variety of activities go on throughout the year, but the Soap Box Derby was undoubtedly the highlight of last year’s programme. We’re so pleased to be organising it again and look forward to another fantastic day.”

Roger Partridge, activity coordinator for the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, said: “We have already had lots of enquiries from businesses and individuals who want to take part so I think it’s going to be a big day and lots of fun! Such was the demand last year that we’ve raised the entry limit to 50 teams, and we expect places to go fast. So my message is, get building those karts, and get your entry in early to avoid disappointment.”

Entry fees are £15 for adult teams, £12 for the 13-15 years category and over-65s, and £10 for 10-12 years.

Entry is online only and is now live. Further details about the event rules and kart specifications are available here too.

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