Soap Box Derby Wicksteed Park |

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 £20, per driver with team

2. Junior Class. Drivers from 8 to 13 years. Entry Fee £17, 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 4 May 2018, subject to demand. 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 16 June 2018.

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 2018

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.
• The named competitor or consenting guardian will be responsible for
his/her safety in every aspect of the rules of entry and running of the
event and accept that the organisers of the event bear no liability in this
respect.
• Wicksteed Park’s Soap Box Derby organising team’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. If you share a Kart it
may require repair between runs as it is being used more. There is a
chance due to time availability that you may miss a ride slot if the kart is
being repaired.
• A driver may only enter once and each driver is required to submit an
entry form.
• 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 promptly
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.
• The Kart 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).
• The start will be from the chalked mark at the top of the hill, to provide
momentum for senior teams up to two team members can act as
pushers and one pusher for junior teams.
• After crossing the finishing line drivers will need to apply their brakes
and quickly exit the track, one team member should be at the finish line
to assist the driver back to the pits.

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.
• There must be four wheels, one on each corner and all wheels should be
in contact with the road during normal running.
• Pre-fabricated karts E.G Shop bought 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 and must be
constructed with pedestrian friendly sympathies
• Seats must be securely bolted to the soap box
• No materials that could shatter or cause injuries to drivers and
spectators in the event of a crash should be used in the construction of
the soap box e.g. glass
• 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, a padded steering wheel is
recommended.
• Bodywork and controls must not impede the driver in exiting the vehicle
unaided.
• Any doors or hatches required for driver access must be readily
operated from both inside and outside the vehicle without the use of
tools.
• 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, however all other designs must
have a brake as brake that functions separately from the steering and be
connected to and operate on at least 2 wheels.
• 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.
• Drivers clothing must be capable of withstanding a spill on tarmac or
concrete and must be done up at all times when in the soap box. No
bare limbs will be allowed all drivers must wear suitable hard wearing
gloves. Please note Elbow/knee pads are also compulsory for juniors and
those under 18, but optional for seniors over 18 years, 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.
• Teams are responsible for the ongoing risk assessments on their soap
box during the event and are obliged to report any change in risk to the
scrutineer,
• No expressed or implied warranty of safety shall result from the
publication of or compliance with these rules and / or regulations. The
rules as publicised in no way a guarantees against injury to team
members, supporters or spectators.

Photography/ Film consent
Wicksteed Park in accordance with its Safeguarding Policy, will be taking
photos and film which may be used for archive and publicity purposes e.g. on
official websites or via social media and in leaflets.
As the parent/guardian/carer of a junior entrant or vulnerable adult by signing
the entry form you are giving permission for group and individual photos/ films
to be taken during the event and understand that these may be used for
archive and publicity purposes.

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