Photographs courtesy of Northants News.

Entry, Classes and Fees

There will be 2 classes. All teams in all classes are encouraged to decorate themselves and their karts. A kart may be entered more than once in the same class or different classes, so long as the driver is different each time. E.g. a child may enter with a kart in the junior section and then an older sibling or a parent can enter with the same kart in another class.

1. Senior Class. Driver 14 years and over. Entry Fee £18, per driver with team

2. Junior Class. Drivers from 8 to 13 years. Entry Fee £15, per driver with team

To enter, just fill in and post back with full payment the Entry and Driver Consent form. It needs to reach us by Friday 5th May 2017 at the latest. There are limited places available, so get in quick to avoid disappointment! We will announce on the website when we are getting close to being at capacity. Cheques can be made payable to “Wicksteed Charitable Trust”.

Post your forms to Community Link Manager,  Wicksteed Park, Barton Rd, Kettering, Northants, NN15 6NJ.

 

 

Building Your Kart

The good news is building a soap box kart is very simple and allows you to get creative with your design. We have set out some regulations about what it can be built from and the size, so that everyone competes safely and on a fair basis.

Please note that the size of the kart we allow is fairly small. This is because we only have a single track road to run the course down, so if you’ve already got a kart from another event, do check it’s dimensions. If its too big, we won’t allow it as we don’t have space.

KART CONSTRUCTION RULE!  All vehicles must be less than 1.5m wide and 1.5m tall ( not including the driver) and  less than 2.4m in length and must be fitted with a working brake. It must be human powered only, so no engines or other propellant. A push start is allowed.

Download some simple instructions here!

We are holding our annual Soapbox Derby on Saturday 17th June 2017.

Following last year’s successful event we are anticipating over 80 karts this year with prizes for the best dressed team, spectacular cornering and most entertaining run alongside trophies for the winning teams. The first runs will take place from 11.30am.

The Soapbox Derby takes the form of a time trial for non-power assisted karts run over an inclined course with a left hand bend at the bottom. It begins at the top of the hill with competitors navigating a speed hump outside the old Golf House, now The Studio, next to the camp site and runs down the hill towards the Hexagon Cafe. (Juniors will run a shorter, straight route). The karts will be launched with a running push start by a team member. The run will be timed by event marshals. The organisers will conduct the event in accordance with all relevant statutory requirements.

Entry is in advance only, please, not on the day. Kart inspection is from 9.30 am. All teams must be registered and their karts inspected during that time.

There will be First Aid on site.

The event is raising money for Wicksteed Charitable Trust. Competitors are encouraged to dress up themselves and their cars.

Rules of Entry

Wicksteed Park Soapbox Derby Rules 2017
These rules are mandatory and form part of the conditions of entry to compete in the event. Any prospective competitor refusing or failing to adhere to the rules will not be allowed to compete. They have been designed for your safety and the safety of the spectators and others taking part in the event. Please read them carefully.
General Conditions of Entry
• Senior drivers must complete and sign the Driver Consent Form with the entry form as part of the entry process.
• Drivers must be 8 years or over, all those under 18 must complete the Driver Consent Form and have their parent/guardian countersign it as part of the entry process.
• Wicksteed Park’s Soap Box Derby organising committee’s interpretation of the written rules and regulations shall be binding on the participant and the competition under their jurisdiction.
• The organisers have the right to refuse entry or withdraw entry of any kart or driver if in their opinion they pose a threat of injury either to themselves or others.
• A kart may be entered in the competition in more than one class, but must not have the same driver.
• Each kart can be run by up to a maximum of 3 separate drivers in the same class, e.g. siblings or friends can share a kart. (Each driver should submit an entry form)
• A driver may only enter once in a
• Karts and drivers to be available by 10.15am at the latest on the day of entry for rule and safety checks. Registration and checks begin at 9.30am. Please arrive early, as if it’s busy we may start these checks earlier to get everyone through.
• All karts and drivers must pass the specification and safety checks to be able to compete and the scrutineer’s and event organiser’s decision will be final.
• Drivers will be required to sign on the day that they have tested the kart and are able to adequately steer and stop the kart prior to the event.
• No changes to the kart, apart from repairs, will be allowed after the rules and safety check i.e. the addition of extra weights etc.
• Running order will be given on race day, subject to the above.
• Attendance at the pre-race Competitor Safety Briefing and Track Walk is compulsory. (This takes about 20mins and will take place at approx. 11.00am. Details given on the day).
Kart Construction
• All Soap Box (Karts) must be less than 1.5m wide and 1.5m tall (not including the driver) less than 2.4m in length and have at least 5cm clearance under the floor.
• Pre-fabricated karts are not accepted.
• All karts must be human powered, meaning no engines or external energy sources allowed (with the exception of a push start).
• No part of the driver’s body should have the potential to become trapped in moving parts of the vehicle including wheels and steering mechanism and body work.
• The kart must not have loose parts or sharp edges.
• No materials that could shatter e.g. glass should be used in the construction of the Kart.
• The Kart should be built in such a way that the steering column, brake lever or body work must be designed and built in such a way that puncture injuries cannot happen.
• Karts must have functional steering.
• Senior Karts must be fitted with a working brake that functions separately from the steering and be connected to and operate on at least 2 wheels. Junior karts can be built to the specifications as outlined in the basic kart building instruction with the 1 brake.
• No braking with hands and feet will be accepted. Important Driver Safety Rules – These must be adhered to, or you will not be allowed to compete.
• Drivers must wear a properly fitting helmet, such as a bicycle or motorcycle helmet, on their head with the chinstrap secured. A full face helmet is recommended.
• Driver’s legs and arms must be covered with long sleeves and trousers of thick material such as denim/thick cotton and wear gloves. Elbow/knee pads are also compulsory for juniors, but optional for seniors, although recommended.
• Drivers must ride the kart in a seated position, facing forwards.
• Drivers must abide by instructions given by event marshals or officials in the interests of safety and the smooth operation of the event.
• Karts may only have one person on board at any time – no passengers.

Additional Safety Rules

Important Driver Safety Rules – These must be adhered to, or you will not be allowed to compete. 

  • Drivers must wear a properly fitting helmet, such as a bicycle or motorcycle helmet, on their head with the chinstrap secured. A helmet providing full face protection is recommended.
  • Drivers legs and arms must be covered with long sleeves/trousers of thick material such as denim/thick cotton and wear gloves.  Elbow/knee pads are compulsory for juniors, but optional for seniors, although highly recommended.
  • Drivers must ride the kart in a seated position, facing forwards.
  • Drivers must abide by instructions given by event marshals or officials in the interests of safety and the smooth operation of the event.
  • Karts may only have one person on board at any time – no passengers.

There is on site First Aid in the form of a staffed First Aid building and there will also be a number of First Aid trained staff marshalling the event.

Wicksteed Park Soap Box Derby is intended to be a fun event and create a family day that everyone can enjoy, whilst also raising money for Wicksteed Charitable Trust. Safety of entrants, spectators and officials is paramount and the rules and regulations are designed  to ensure the event is conducted safely and for the maximum benefit of everyone. Please ensure you read them carefully and comply with the details as they will be enforced. Available to download here

If you have any queries arising from the rules, regulations and safety instructions, please contact community@wicksteedpark.org