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The 2015 soapbox race calendar is filling up fast, with 13 confirmed dates across the UK and one in the US. The season opens on May 4th with the Tetbury Wacky Races in Gloucestershire and ends in October with the Brechin City Halloween Cartie Race (date TBC).
New dates are being added all the time, so check back often to get the latest news or like our page on Facebook.If you would like to add your soapbox race to the 2015 Scottish Carties soapbox racing calendar, please just get in touch and we'll be happy to publicise your event. There is no charge for this service and, like all the other resources on this site, is provided pro bono to help promote and expand soapbox racing in the UK.
Guy Martin has set the world record for the highest speed set by a gravity racer.
Using a racer designed by Sheffield Hallam University, he achieved and average speed over a measured 100m of 85.612mph (137.779kph) with a racer weighing 200Kg at Mont Ventoux.
The benchmark has been set. To set the world record, you need to beat 85.6mph over 100m with a racer that is 200Kg or less.
There will doubtless be many attempts at this over the coming months, and it seems that Guy's record is unlikely to stand for long, but that doesn't take anything away from the skill of the team that achieved this tremendous speed. Congratulations to all involved.
For more information about the work that went in to the record attempt, see the Engineering Sport web site.
All eyes will be on Channel 4 this Sunday evening as gravity racers across the UK settle down to watch Guy Martin attempt to set a record for the fastest recorded soapbox in the world.
Although there is currently no officially accepted world record, he is aiming to beat the GPS measured 84.4mph claimed by Bodrodz on the Burkhalter Gap road in Georgia in September 2012. However, Guy is working to the specification set by Guinness Word Records which require the speed to be set over a measured 100m.
Will he succeed? Watch C4 this Sunday 16th November at 8pm to find out.
The Hawksland Hill Run is an open, but limited, series of competitions for non powered bogies, carties, sidecars and luge 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.
The aim is to provide a fun but safe race day for people of all ages to enter and enjoy. The course includes several features to test the skill and courage of the competitors and the handling of their entry.
It is also hoped to be able to raise funds for a worthwhile charities and it has been decided that all the money raised will be donated to help in the fight against cancer. The team members of each entry are required to contribute an entry fee and spectators should purchase voting slips to enable them to help in the judging of the Best Fun Bogie Entry.
For full details go the Hawklands Hill Run web site.
The third Penn House Grand Prix returns this year on a slightly later date of June 27th. The meeting is aimed at enthusiasts who really want a fair and challenging competition. Weight limits in the 'formula' classes are strictly enforced and there is also an 'open' class that allows anything safe to have a run. The technical standard was very high in 2014 and looks to be the same or better in 2015. Gravity bikes are very welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.