Jersey’s Soapbox Challenge Returns

Jersey’s version of ‘Whacky Races’ returns to run riot on Mount Bingham.

After an energetic and successful inaugural event last May, Jersey’s version of ‘Whacky Races’ returns to run riot on Mount Bingham.  On 26 May, home-made machines, without motors, will test gravity and compete against the clock in an extreme downhill race running from Glassis Field Road (in front of the old Fort Regent Swimming Pool), past Mount Bingham Swing Park and then down to the finish at the Planning Office at South Hill.

At last year’s event spectators saw brave corporate teams and individuals test their engineering on the same route with fantastic results, the fastest time of 34 seconds being the one to beat this year. Prizes up for grabs include the Trophy for Design and Construction and the Best Themed Soapbox. The event title sponsor is by Rubis Channel Islands, with all proceeds going to Jersey Hospice.

Jersey Hospice Care’s Chairman of Fundraising, Steven Hunt, said:

‘We’re incredibly grateful to the Jersey International Motoring Festival for choosing Jersey Hospice Care to be the beneficiary of the Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge and to all the sponsors for allowing all the money raised to come directly to Jersey Hospice Care.’

The event opened on 26 May at 10.00am for the practice runs and then the competition runs started shortly after 13.30 until 17.00 hrs. There were plenty of excellent spots for spectators, who, as well as watching the thrilling races, enjoying the delicious food stalls on site.

Rubis encourage all to come along and support the event, entry is free and all the teams and individuals taking part will be glad of encouragement, as they pit their wits against each other, testing their engineering, design and driving skills.

Further information on the event can be found on the Soap Box Challenge Facebook page