Where: North bank of the Humber at the Humber Bridge viewing area, Ferriby Road, Hessle, East Yorkshire HU13 0JG
£: Free to watch. Competitors raise sponsorship money for charity.
What is it?
The annual Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby is a community event organised by Hessle Town Council. The event sees teams compete with handmade carts, which are raced from one of the country’s iconic landmarks.
The race track is 450 metres long and the carts are made from all kinds of materials, with many interesting and fun designs. All of the soapboxes are powered only by gravity, not an engine in sight! Quirky designs for past soapboxes have included Postman Pat’s van and a pink Cadillac.
This year the Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby will take place on 5th July. The first soapbox race will start at 11am, with a break at 1pm to showcase a freestyle exhibition. There will be a display of Street Luge and Gravity Bikes. The soapbox racing will resume at around 1.30pm.
Prizes will be presented to the respective winners immediately after the races. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest soapbox, the team raising the most money for charity, the best novelty soapbox, the most innovative design and the best turned out team.
More info: www.humberbridgesoapbox.co.uk