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Young racers are encouraged to sign up for this year’s Hunstanton Soap Box Derby





Following a request for more participants in this year’s handmade kart race, both West Norfolk Council and organisers have urged that more young people get involved.

One of the things Hunstanton takes most pride in is the town’s annual Soap Box Derby and, with its return in September, has received more entrants than ever before.

Originating in 1953, the event invites thousands of participants from racers to spectators, encouraging fun and thrill for families and individuals across the county.

Hunstanton Soap Box Derby 2023. Picture: Matt Usher/West Norfolk Council
Hunstanton Soap Box Derby 2023. Picture: Matt Usher/West Norfolk Council

This year however, race director Roger Partridge wants to see more competition than ever before, and with the support of West Norfolk Council, hopes to witness just how creative people can get.

Mr Partridge said: “We’ve never received the maximum number of entries for our wacky racing but this year we’ve done it.

“But we need more, we want to encourage our younger teams to get in touch with us to increase the competition in the younger categories.”

The Soap Box Derby is a popular event in Hunstanton
The Soap Box Derby is a popular event in Hunstanton

He added: “We’ve opened up five more spaces for junior teams to enter. If you’re aged between 10 to 12 years old or 13 to 15 years old we want to hear from you.

“Speak to the adults in your life, ask them to help you put your kart together and then you could be racing down the street in Hunstanton on September 22. It will be an incredible experience.”

Business operations manager for the council Dave Morton said: “The Soap Box Derby attracts thousands of spectators to the town.

“Our teams do an amazing job organising it and I thank them for what they do.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to drive their homemade kart down the hill in Hunstanton in front of a large crowd.

“I look forward to seeing their creations and urge them to register for a place fast as we only have five spaces available.”

Hunstanton prides itself on offering an “exciting and enthusiastic” Soap Box Derby, so organisers are encouraging youngsters to seek permission from parents or guardians to get involved.

To find out more details and to apply, visit the council’s website.

The deadline for additional junior entries is July 26.

Reporting by Beatrice Feaviour



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