Billericay Soap Box racer

Article by Yellow Advertiser: The Rotary Club of Billericay’s third Spectacular Soapbox Derby is set for Bank Holiday Monday, May 7.

It takes place down London Road – nicknamed “Thunder Road” and entries have now reached the magic target of 60, give or take last-minute drop-outs but there are still three places remaining.

Ticket outlets

High street shops and pubs are busy selling tickets. They are:

  • Anna’s Newsagents – 9 Radford Way, Billericay
  • Ashton Charters- 140 High Street, Billericay
  • Cellars Newsagents -181 Western Road, Billericay
  • Creatures Great & Small- 144 High Street, Billericay
  • Fisher Jones & Greenwood (Solicitors)- 102 High Street, Billericay
  • Slipped Discs- 113 High Street, Billericay
  • The Railway- 1 High Street, Billericay
  • Quilters Junior & Infants School
  • Buttsbury Junior School RotaKids

Ticket prices

Advance tickets are cheaper. So, why buy now? They have been kept at same price as last year and you can donate directly to charity. On the day there will be no family tickets and it will cost £5 per person.

  • Individual tickets- £3 pp; family of four (2 adults, 2 children) - £10.
  • On line available at:
  • or by pressing the “Buy Tickets” button on the club website homepage at: 

Buy two individual tickets or one family ticket online and you will get a discount voucher for two midweek meals at the price of one at Reids restaurant, London Road, Billericay until midnight on April 23 as part of a special St George’s Day deal. The voucher entitles you to 2 for 1 on main courses and a free glass of Prosecco of the two weeks prior to the event on May 7, ie: April 25 or 26 or May 2/3.

In addition to a new timing system and Start/Stop buttons the race procedure has been enhanced to make it easier to follow and know who is winning- everyone wants to know that on the day!

There is a major addition to the event with a 2018 video of soapbox under development available again on soapbox websites and some major attractions to make it even a greater Family Fun Day.

In the past two years the event has been attended by more than 13,000 people from all round Billericay, Basildon and further afield and entries this year include many fun-dressed karts that have thrilled crowds before and new ones which are keeping their designs a secret until the day – especially in the Wacky Racers category where fancy dress counts as much as driving down “Thunder Road” as winning or losing.

Radio links for last minute news has been arranged with BBC Essex, Phoenix FM, Gateway 97 and the Chelmsford Rotary link. Family fun has been increased on Queen Elizabeth II field at Sun Corner with more food and drink outlets, more kids attractions, a classic car display and the parade of karts made easier to see. Plus the large screen to enable those not on track side to see the racing as it happens.

The Rotary Club needs the community’s support as it aims to raise even more money for charity. More than £60,000 has been raised from the past two years.

This year’s charities are: local schools, Barrow Farm Riding for the Disables, Little Havens Children’s Hospice, Medecines Sans Frontiers (Doctors With Borders), Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline and Rotary Foundation – End Polio.

A great day out, a spectacular event (even if wet!). And special needs have been met with greater disabled access and facilities.

Article by Yellow Advertiser

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