Chippenham Soap Box Derby

Chippenham Connected in partnership with Chippenham Town Council are thrilled to announce the third annual Chippenham Soap Box Derby, taking place on Sunday 19th May and are calling for hopeful racers to take their place on the starting line.

Chippenham Soap Box Derby has quickly become a favourite annual event in the town since its first appearance in 2017, both with community and school groups, and also local businesses taking part.

Nicki Milne, 2019 title sponsor from Eagle One, owners of Emery Gate Shopping Centre said, “We are proud to be supporting this year’s crowd-drawing Soap Box Derby. It’s fantastic to see so many local businesses enter their creations and take part in the race.”

The event includes 50 races in handmade, non-power assisted karts along Chippenham’s High Street, overseen by the infamous Super Mario. Groups of all ages and abilities are invited to take part, because as Mario himself says: it’s not F1, it’s just for fun!

Kathryn Crosweller of Chippenham Connected said, “As soon as the event was over last year, we were receiving messages and emails from people wanting to take part in 2019! This is a hugely popular event and it’s wonderful to see the town brimming with people on a Sunday. Both businesses and community groups took part last year, and we’re excited to see what Chippenham has to offer this time round!”

Councillor Sandie Webb, Leader of Chippenham Town Council said, “We are pleased to see the return of the popular Soap Box Derby that last year so impressed with the imagination, effort and enthusiasm that was put in. Many of the vehicles were worthy of a medal just for their originality and so we can’t wait to see what the teams make this year.”

Six shining trophies are up for grabs again this year, and there’s all to play for. The judges will be looking not only for speed but also for ingenuity and creativity. There are prizes for youth and adult karts, as well as the best business kart.

This year’s Soap Box Derby will take place on Sunday 19th May from 12-4pm on the High Street.