Soapbox derby raises £10k for charity

A soapbox derby on the hills around Harewood has helped to raise an estimated £10,000 for charity.

The event, hosted yesterday, saw more than 70 teams taking part from around the world, with two racers travelling from America and top speeds reaching 43mph.

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“There are no engines - they are propelled down the hill just using the force of gravity,” said organiser James Pickard of Pickard Events. “We’ve had a full collection - ones that have been built in backyards and others that made up using the latest engineering technology, building the faster machines they can muster.

“It’s been brilliant - we think we’ve had over 2,000 people through the gates. We’re still totting up the totals but we think around £10,000 has been raised for various charities including Candlelighters and the Prince’s Trust.”

Soapbox racing at Harwood Hill Climb sun 19th aug 2018 Stephen Hall racing his sidecar