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Soapbox Racing on TV All Week

Red Bull Soapbox LondonIn the run up to the Red Bull Soapbox Race this Sunday, Dave will be giving sneak peeks at the competition with features on four of the teams taking part;

  • The Tube (three guys in finance who are outing their alter egos),
  • Piece Of Cake,
  • Team Thunderbird (trying to break the world record for the most ice lollies eaten in a set amount of time)
  • Team Spitphya (a 1920s style team).

With episodes stripped across the week, we’ll get a sneak peek into the competition itself, look at a small selection of the teams and follow their journey from build to race day. Stand by for thrills spills, design disasters and blood, sweat and tears in the lead-up till race day. 

The race itself will be shown at 4pm on Sunday 14th July.

Road To Red Bull Soapbox Race
Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July at 7pm on Dave

Red Bull Soapbox Race
Sunday 14th July at 4pm on Dave

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Hawklands Hill Run - SCA Champs Round #2

The second round of the SCA Championship is this Sunday at the Hawklands Hill Run near Glasgow.

This race is slightly different to the normal timed races, with the winner being the one who travels furthest down the course.  The course includes several features to test the skill and courage of the competitors and the handling of their vehicle.

The event is an open, but limited, series of competitions for non powered bogies, carties and sidecars to compete down a closed public roadway over a course of approximately 800m, and King of the Hill pushbike hill climb with various other activities including can shy, hoopla and treasure hunt, refreshments, etc.

Although the race is this Sunday there are still places available. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to race.

For further details see or Stuart Sommerville email; or by telephone; 01555 894479 or 07809704137
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Aerodynamic Design of Ultra-streamlined Land Vehicles

Aerodynamic considerations are often overlooked when building a first racer, in favour of things that are easier to see and quantify. Teams will often spend much time and money on tyres, bearings and brakes and treat the shape of the bodywork as little more than aesthetics. Spoilers, wings, external cameras, etc, will be added because they "look cool" without any thought to the effect they will have on the cartie's overall drag. But physics says that aerodynamic drag is the most significant factor at speeds over about 20mph.

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Lanhydrock Dilly Cart Race Postponed

LanhydrockThe Lanhydrock Dilly Cart Race has been postponed until Saturday 13th July because of the poor weather forecast for last weekend.

Booking essential so please contact Alice for an application pack (01208 265278) and enjoy building your dilly cart.

Trophies sponsored by Francis Thomas (Garden Machinery-sales-service-repair) 01208 851191 and Paul Jones. Plus medals for everyone that has a go. £5 per driver.

Flying Start at Border Bogies

Woodworm at Border Bogies

Where's Me Spanners Crash Out

The 2013 SCA Championship got off to an exciting start at the Border Bogie Challenge, with a new team and a novice driver taking maximum points for an early lead. Zara Lane drove the very impressive Woodworm cartie to an impressive third place overall, and pushed experienced racers Rich Thomas [Lola] and Steve Thomas [C12] very hard indeed.

The current joint champion 'Where's Me Spanners' could hardly have got off to a worse start to their title defence and crashed heavily on the their second run in sight of the finish line. Driver Dom Quinn was unharmed, but the cartie had to retire and will need some repairs before the next race in the series at the Hawksland Hill Run on 7th July.

Registration for the SCA Championship is free, and you can still register if you would like to join the fun. Just complete the online form and enter the events you want to compete in.

The current championship standings are;

Border Bogies
2Team Rooket
14 14
3Nutty's Speed Shop
4Where's Me Spanners
12 12


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