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Join the Thrill: Compete in the Andover Soapbox Derby and Help Local Charity Reach the Finish Line

The Andover Soapbox Derby is gearing up for its second year and organizers are calling for more teams to enter the competition. This exciting event, is a fun-filled day for all ages and provides a great opportunity for teams to showcase their creativity and engineering skills.

For those unfamiliar with the event, a soapbox derby involves building a non-motorized vehicle, also known as a soapbox, which is then raced down a hill. The objective is to build the fastest, most creative soapbox and compete against other teams in a series of races. The Andover Soapbox Derby is a community-driven event that aims to bring people together, promote creativity, and raise money for local charities.

Andover Community Events, the organizers of the derby, are now calling for more teams to enter and help support this year’s chosen charity, Andover Foodbank.

Last year’s event was a great success, with over 20 teams participating and raising £8,500 for Andover Mind, a local mental health charity. The derby drew in a large crowd, with many spectators cheering on the racers as they sped down the hill. The event was not only an opportunity to support a good cause but also to showcase the creativity and ingenuity of the teams, who spent months designing and building their soapbox carts. Teams must consider the weight distribution, centre of gravity, and aerodynamics of their soapbox to ensure that it can reach the fastest speeds possible while remaining safe and stable.

This year, the Andover Community Events team is hoping to build on the success of the previous year by encouraging more teams to enter the race. The chosen charity for this year’s event is Andover Foodbank, a local charity that provides emergency food supplies to individuals and families in crisis. The soapbox derby will take place on May 28th, on Portway Industrial Estate in Andover.

This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s, with more teams, more spectators, and more excitement. The organizers are calling on anyone who wants to participate in this fun-filled event to start building their soapbox and register their team. Whether you’re a group of friends, a family, or a business, there’s no better way to spend a day than racing down a hill in a soapbox you’ve built yourself. Deadline for entries is 2nd April, to enter or for more details email

So if you’re looking for a fun, creative, and exciting way to spend a day, then the Andover Soapbox Derby is the perfect event for you. Register your team today and start building your soapbox. Who knows, you might just become the next soapbox racing champion!

The soapbox derby is not just about racing down a hill; it’s an opportunity for local residents to come together and celebrate their community. The event offers a range of activities, including food and drink stalls and children’s entertainment. It’s an excellent opportunity for local businesses and community groups to get involved and showcase their products and services to the public.