Soap Box Racer

Article by Tommy Wathan: Thousands of people across Essex have been enjoying the Billericay Rotary Club's second annual Soapbox Derby event today (May 1).

The event, which sees some of Billericay's weirdest and most wonderful karts battling it out, is returning to the town for the second year running following a hugely successful debut last year.

The Derby takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Field in Billericay - on the corner of the A129 and Laindon Road.

In the lead up to the event, Billericay Rotary Club's Soapbox Derby chairman Peter Greene told Essex Live:

"We are all set up to go. Our team will be up at the crack of dawn on Monday erecting safety barriers for drivers and spectators and getting the Queen Elizabeth field ready for the event. It is also a huge family fun day with something for everyone in the way of entertainment, a chance to view the karts in the pits plus food and drink outlets."

Last year, around 5000 people from across the county took to the streets of Billericay to support the event.

The event raised £26,000 for local schools and Rotary Club charities last year.

During the opening year, 40 different teams produced vehicles to take part, although up to 60 teams are expected to take part this year, in their hand-crafted vehicles.

Article by Tommy Wathan, Essex Live

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