Fan-favourite Soap Box Derby being held in Hinckley tomorrow morning following three-year-hiatus

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 25 June 2022

HINCKLEY BID are promising a “tremendously fun” day on Castle Street in Hinckley town centre tomorrow, as they host their 11th Annual Soap Box Derby.

A past Hinckley Bid Soap Box Derby event (Image: Hinckley Bid) / Inset (Image: Brio Media)

The fan-favourite Soap Box event is to officially start at 11am tomorrow (Sunday, 26 June).

It marks the return of the event after a three-year-hiatus, as it was cancelled in past times as a result of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Entrants in teams who have built their own soap boxes will be cheered on by spectators as they steam down the hill on Castle Street in them, in the heart of Hinckley town centre.

The course will start around the Church Walk and Castle Street junction – and it will end at the bottom of Castle Street hill next to Market Place.

At the widest part of the course, soap box drivers will have the option of taking a short chicane, or a jump, to test their skill. 

Event organisers at the Bid have noted that themed soap boxes have been highly encouraged to be entered in, as “they provide the most interest to spectators”.

Soap boxes will be given the opportunity of three runs, and they will set off singly at intervals. All of the runs will be timed and recorded by independent adjudicators.

On the day, competitors will be awarded trophies, which recognise their skills and efforts in the event.

The trophy categories are:

  • Best Amateur Build
  • Best Novelty Soap Box
  • Best Turned Out Soap Box and Crew
  • Fastest Single Time on the Day – Senior (18+) 1st, 2nd & 3rd place
  • Fastest Single Time on the Day – Junior (12-17) 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place
  • Most Enthusiastic Junior Racer
  • Overall Fastest Team – Junior*
  • Overall Fastest Team – Senior*

*An average of the fastest two runs of three – slowest run is excluded

A Hinckley Bid spokesperson said: “This is a tremendously fun, family day for the teams and spectators alike. Comprising both a jump or a chicane, it is the driver’s choice as they steam down the 200m Castle Street hill cheered on by the crowds.”

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