Soap Box Derby


How lucky are we to have Earls Barton and its fabulous community just up the road? And yesterday really could not have illustrated that sentiment better! It was Earls Barton’s second Soap Box Derby - and thousands of people turned out in support and it truly was a wonderful fun packed day.

The organisers did an absolutely great job, even managing to organise the weather!

Twenty nine carts of all shapes, designs and sizes took part in the event; the roads were closed enabling families galore to line the race track which ran from the fishing tackle shop at the top of the village right down to the finishing line at the library. The carnival atmosphere spilled out on to the streets as all the pubs and shops opened for business throughout the day and beyond.

As one of the main sponsors White Mills Marina was lucky enough to secure a slot in the Best of British themed derby. Our car HMS Victory, was driven by friend of the marina, Danny Golden; K Fabs did an excellent job in actually building the kart which was then made to look like a narrowboat (courtesy of All Angles ). It looked really cool. Racing at number 23 it was nail biting stuff as Danny hurtled down the track in a tad over 37 seconds in his first descent, successfully managing to shave off over a second in his second descent with a time of 36.33 - the winner came in at 33.98. We were all thrilled with the times and even more so when we heard that we came fifth overall. A great end to a great week.