The inaugural Soapbox Festival of Speed held at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on Sunday was a smashing success.
There were over 100 entries across the race categories and over 700 people attended the event.
The event was sponsored by Thompson Nissan and co-organised with The Rotary Club of Port Shepstone as a family event and fundraiser for South Coast Hospice Kingfisher House, SPCA Margate and Port Shepstone Cancer Association.
After being delayed by stormy conditions a fortnight ago, soapbox carts – and even a few skateboarders – finally took to the track.
Devan Clark and company celebrated a hat-trick of wins in the trophy challenge, team challenge and tenacious teens category.
The other category winners were Arav Maharaj (Mini Movers), Andrew Brenner (Keen Kids), Robbie Strickland (Novelty), Kate O’Dwyer (Whizzing Women), Danie Roussouw (Macho Men) and Guy Spittle (Most Novel).
Thompson Commercial Director Richard Thompson said he was thrilled with how things turned out and confirmed the event will be held again next year.
“The amount of family, team and friends’ pleasure and enjoyment from both building and racing their soapboxes has been fantastic,” Thompson told eHowzit.
“From enthusiastic memories from the older generations to new and excited younger racers, the event has created a very great vibe and has many kids and adults already talking about the carts they will be building for the next event.
“For those who raced this year, there is already a lot of secret discussion on building and modification plans to improve performance and design.
“The amount raised is still to be confirmed, but with the great success of the event, we look forward to this being an annual event which is eagerly looked forward to.”
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SOAPBOX DERBY WINNERS 2016