The Yorkshire Coast Super Soapbox Challenge launches in Filey
The Yorkshire Coast Super Soapbox Challenge is being held on Sunday, September 5th in Filey, supported by Scarborough Borough Council and Filey Town Council with sponsorship from Yorkshire Coast BID.
This inaugural event will see soapbox carts, combined with gravity and nerves of steel from the drivers, hurtle down Ravine Road, cornering next to the RNLI (the event’s official charity) station on Coble Landing, before racing to the finish line on the seafront.
Cllr Jim Grieve, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Quality of Life said:
“Getting the Super Soapbox Challenge is a real coup for Filey and will be a fantastic event not to be missed. Anyone who has seen similar soapbox challenges on the television before or attended a live event in the past, will know how popular this type of racing is.”
This will be a thrilling and fun spectacle with huge screens at the top and bottom of Ravine Road so spectators won’t miss any of the free-to-watch action, including up-to-the-minute commentary, the latest scores and much more. As well as the racing, there will a funfair, live music and plenty of food and drink stands.
Teams of five people are required to take part in the event. Fun and themed soapboxes are encouraged and there will be seven prizes available to the winners of the various categories as well as medals for all entrants.
Adventurous types who want to have a go at building a winning soapbox and enter a team can register online at www.supersoapboxchallenge.co.uk/filey
Andrew Pearson, The Super Soapbox Challenge Company Event Marketing Director, said:
“Although the uptake of entries so far has been fantastic and we expect the day to be very well attended, we are encouraging more entries, either as teams of five individuals priced at £100 per team or corporate teams of five at £200 per team. For a full day’s fun for five people, we think it’s pretty good value.”
All teams will race down Ravine Road twice and then the top ten will go into a ‘final’. The prizes are not, however, all about speed as some prizes reflect the creativity and fun of the entrants. A full list of the prize categories is also available on the dedicated website at www. supersoapboxchallenge.co.uk/filey
Cllr Jacqui Houlden-Banks, Mayor of Filey, said:
“Filey is delighted to welcome The Super Soapbox Challenge to our beautiful town on September 5th and we hope it will become a yearly event. To be hosting the first event of its kind on the east coast, using our natural ravine as a racecourse, ending with a beach finish, is very exciting.”