Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix

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Sunday 12th September 2010
Sunday 12th September 2010

The Fourth Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix will be held on Sunday 12th September 2010.

It is a fun event run by The Kaffirs of Cookham Dean to raise money for The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance. The course will be from the junction of Church Road and Spring Lane to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Up to thirty carts will compete for a variety of prizes.

Themed, fun, carts will be encouraged since they provide the most interest to spectators.

Prize Categories

  • Spirit of the event.

  • This top prize will be awarded by the organisers to the team, which in their opinion best reflects the fun and sporting nature of the event.

  • Fastest single time on the day 1st 2nd 3rd

  • Best turned out cart and crew 1st 2nd 3rd

  • Best novelty cart 1st 2nd 3rd

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Satellite Sweep May Force Change of Date for Gravity Grand Prix

Google's spy-in-the-sky satellite is threatening to force a change of date for the annual Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix.

The organisers of the annual charity event are locked in negotiations with Google Earth over the search engine's claims that spectators lining the streets of the village for this year's event on September 12th will spoil its satellite pictures.

Now in its fourth year, the Gravity Grand Prix has become an established village event, with more than a thousand spectators expected to cheer on 30 teams racing hand-built karts.

Google Earth wants a change of date to accommodate its planned High Definition upgrade of Cookham Dean. The Google Earth satellite passes overhead only once a year and this year's "pass" is on September 12th at 3:12pm, smack in the middle of the Gravity Grand Prix.

The news has thrown plans for the event into disarray, said race organiser Peter Bartlett. "I received an email from the Director of Imagery and Data Capture Europe who explained that they want to obtain a typical likeness of Cookham Dean - without the crowds.

"I can see their point to a certain extent; it's far easier to change the date of the event than it is to change the path of the satellite.

But that is as far as it goes. We raised more that £10,000 for the Air Ambulance last year and I don't think that we should reschedule the event purely to allow some nosey people to get a better look in other people's back gardens."

Following an emergency meeting of the Gravity Grand Prix planning committee, Bartlett has gone back to Google with a counter-proposal.  "We will simply ask everyone to go indoors for 15 minutes starting at 3pm. The satellite will be passing overhead shortly after 3:12pm. 

"We've done the maths. If each resident on the course takes in about 20 spectators - maybe a few more for the larger properties - that's the problem solved. They can have their picture; we can have our Grand Prix. A break in proceedings at this time of day will have the added advantage of giving the visitors the opportunity to use the toilet – taking pressure off the facilities at the Village Hall. I don't think anyone will object"

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scottishcarties | April 1, 2010 - 09:01

Peter Bartlett now that's a

Peter Bartlett now that's a name that rings bells. Something to do with the time of the month but at my age the memory can play tricks.Wink
peasnbarley | April 1, 2010 - 19:51
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Once bitten, eh?

Once bitten, eh?


scottishcarties | April 1, 2010 - 20:36

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