This weekend, Sunday 29th May, sees the exciting Andover SoapBox Derby come to the streets of West Portway brought to you by Andover Community Events, the team behind the Santa Cruises.
It’s looking to be an exciting afternoon as 24 teams, that have spent months building their Karts, come together on Hopkinson Way to compete for the title of Champion. Setting off at 1pm after a small “presentation performance” the course will test their building abilities and the karts agility, as they fly over jumps and shoot through chicanes.
With over 30 local companies supporting through services, goods and funds it truly is a community event. Special mention goes to Postal Coded and Sparkles Cleaning, the events Gold Sponsors offering enough support to ensure this event is FREE for all to spectate. The road will be closed between 11am and 7pm on the day.
There will be Hot Dogs, Pizza, Slushies and Churros available in the Retail Alley, a section partitioned off for local stall holders to sell their ware and promote themselves. Also, in the Pits, which will be open to the Public, there will be a coffee cart keeping the teams fuelled with caffeine.
One of the organisers said “After months of planning, and there’s been LOTS of planning, things are coming together for what we hope will be a really exciting event. The teams that have entered have been amazing and we just hope a good crowd comes up to see all the hard work they have put in to it”
The event is free but people are encouraged to bring some money along as the event will be raising money for local charity Andover Mind. Andover Mind is a local charity for people who experience, or are affected by, mental health distress. They provide a range of services designed to enable people to achieve their individual potential and to participate in society. They also engage with the local community to promote mental well-being and to challenge stigma and discrimination. You can support this event and donate here.