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Kirkton of Skene Cartie Race

Kirkton of Skene CartiesKirkton of Skene Cartie Race has been going for 7 years. It is a part of the village gala, which raises money for local facilities such as the village hall. The cartie race involves all the family, with adults pushing and children steering. This is all done on the local football pitch where basic carties are made a month prior to the race, for the kids to then take away and decorate. Prizes are awarded to the winners, including best dressed cartie, best  dressed team, and winners of the races.

More details here, or contact Kenny Freeman on (01224) 742804.

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Border Bogies - Entries Close on 18th May

The closing date for entries to the Border Bogie Challenge is 18th May 2009, so if you've not entered yet you'd best get your finger out. Download the entry forms from here.
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Entries Open for Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme

Entries are now open for the inaugural Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme, and can be downloaded from, along with the construction and competition rules.

This event promises to be very special. The course is the spectacular Cairngorm Ski Road - 2 miles long and average gradient of 1 in 14 (1 in 10 in places), and speeds are likely to be in excess of 50 mph. This is going to be a proper race for serious gravity racers - definately nae jessies!

The field is limited to 24 teams, so if you want to take part you'll need to get your entry form in soon to avoid disappointment.

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Lotus Narrowly Beat The Gadget Show

Lotus 119c versus The Gadget Show "Lotus Eater"The Gadget Show's soapbox racer narrowly lost out to the Lotus 119c by a fraction of a second in the final run of the challenge. You can get the full story on the Gadget Show's web site.
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Soapbox Racing on the Telly

 Lotus 119c
 Lotus Eater

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Five's Gadget Show will be doing a piece on soapbox racing later this month. Presenters Ortis and Jason will be driving a cart designed and built by David Ackroyd and Loughborough College, and taking on the current Goodwood Festival of Speed winner and course record holder - the Lotus 119c.

The Lotus took 18 months to design and build, and cost £220,000. David and the Loughborough College students got 4 1/2 days and a budget of £1,500 to build their challenger - the appropriately named "Lotus Eater". You can't buy gravity though, and they both got the same 9.81m/s2, and the result was remarkably close.

So who won? Well you'll just have to watch the Gadget Show on Monday 30th March on Five at 8pm to find out...

Further Information:

The Gadget Show

Formula Gravity

Loughborough College

Telegraph Article


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