Duxford Soapbox Derby

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Record Entrants, Record Crowds and £11,700 donated to Cancer Research UK

Sunday 2nd September saw another great day for the 6th Annual Duxford Soap Box Derby. The weather was perfect and the crowds turned out in their hundreds.

Sebastian Jeffrey and Dominic Hines as the Marvellous Minions, again won the Children’s race for the second year running.

A new course record of 7 minutes 20 seconds was set by Duane Webb and Nicolas Soffiati representing Hexcel Composites in the adult’s race, a remarkable time for a one and a quarter mile race. They were deserving winners of the Phill Hill Trophy for the fourth time! Best Fancy Dress went to Alison and Tim Foden who dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone. They so impressed the judges that they also won the constructors trophy for their soapbox.

Last place and the Wooden Spoon Trophy went to Liam Camp and James Reed dressed as Dimphree and Dumphree Dunlop of Duxford who always provide the crowds with a great spectacle rather than trying to win the race.

A cheque for £11,700 was given to Jo Marriot from CRUK at our presentation evening on October 2nd held at The Plough Duxford, bringing the total to £51,600 for the six years the Soapbox Derby has been running.

The soap box derby committee  presenting the cheque to Jo Marriot from CRUK.  Committee members Pete Dee and Andy Yates are missing from the photo as they were unable to make the presentation evening.

Events like this are impossible to run without the support of a lot of people, we have a list of the people that we would like to acknowledge here.

Videos from the 2018 Soapbox Derby

If you wish to relive the race day we have some videos to share with you all!

The first video was provided to us by Mark, Lloyd and Will Preston from Team Raider.

This video is from Cameron and Benjamin Spence – also know as the Marvellous Ragnarrok-ers.

This video was provided by the winners of the adult race, Duanne Webb and Nicolas Soffiati – the team from Hexcel Composites.

We have another excellent race video from the team that came in second place – Services, Machinery and Trikes (SMT).

What a brilliant day!

This year’s Soapbox Derby saw record crowds and record entries, the sun shone and a good day was had by all. It is hoped, we will have raised a significant amount for Cancer Research UK.

As usual we will not be announcing what that final amount is until after the cheque presentation. This will be held at The Plough Duxford 7.30pm Tuesday October 2nd (all welcome). After this a full account of the day including a list of winners will be available.

Peter Stribling

Chairman Duxford Soapbox Derby 2018

Paul Ellwood’s Photos – 2018

Click here to see  Paul Elwood’s photos of the 2018 Derby

2018 Soap Box Derby Results

2018 Soap Box Derby Results

Charity Auction Lots 2018

Below is the list of items that will feature in our charity auction following the adults race on Sunday. The auction and raffle draw will take place at the Plough at approximately 2.30 pm. Please be aware the following list is subject to change.

1 Helicopter ride for 3 piloted by Paul Bonhomme, Red Bull air race champion Paul Bonhomme
2 Canon sx620hs camera canon/cambridge assessment?
3 Round of golf for 4 at the Gog Magog golf course Gog Magog golf club
4 Ducati superbike for a day Vindis Ducati Cambridge
5 Ducati superbike for a day Vindis Ducati Cambridge
6 Signed Essex cricket club shirt Essex cricket club
7 Wheelbarrow of booze Duxford residents
8 Tottenham Hotspurs signed pennant Tottenham Hotspurs
9 20 minutes in a  Warbird T6 Harvard plane Classic Wings
10 Voucher for Mill road butchers Graystones Duxford
11 Guns of the past – target shooting with historic firearms Bassingbourn rifle and pistol club
12 Family ticket to a league match at Cambridge city football club Cambridge City FC
13 Go Karting family practice session at Red Lodge Karting Red Lodge Karting, Bury St Edmunds
14 Family of 4 Sledging experience at Snozone Snozone, Milton Keynes
15 Wheatsheaf pub sign – funds to be split with the Duxford community centre. Graystones
16 2 tickets to Shelford Casino night 8th September Nick Denton
17 Design and brew your own beer with Andy. Includes ingredients, designing the beer, brewing and bottling Andy Yates
18 A bottle of Emmanuel College port Annette Gibson
19 Hamper of Tilda products Tilda Rice
20 2 hours driving tuition Alistair Gibson
21 Lunch/breakfast voucher at Graystones Graystones Duxford
21 Lunch/breakfast voucher at Graystones Graystones Duxford


Soapbox Derby 2018 Schedule

It’s here. The 2018 Duxford Soapbox Derby! We know you are all looking forward to the main event this coming Sunday, 2nd September, but before then you can see the weekend’s program of events below:

  • Friday  31st August, 18:30:
    • Charity quiz, bingo and disco at The Plough
  • Saturday 1st September, 20:00:
    • Casino night at The John Barleycorn
  • Sunday 2nd September:
    • 12:00: Children’s race starting and finishing at The John Barleycorn with the winner’s presentation held at The John Barleycorn
    • 13:00: Adults race starting at The John Barleycorn and finishing at The Plough with the winner’s presentation held at The Plough
    • A map of the race routes can be found here
    • 14:30: Raffle and auction at The Plough followed by live music from Tripwire

Raffle tickets are still available throughout the weekend at both venues and Costcutter, Duxford. If you wish to make an online donation to the Soapbox Derby please use our JustGiving page.

Please note that the roads along the race route will be closed from 11.30 am to 2 pm to allow the race to proceed safely. We would like to politely request that, if possible, could cars that are normally parked along the race route be parked elsewhere for the duration of the road closure.

Duxford Soap Box Derby 2018🏁

The date has been set!

September 2nd 2018

Cancer Research UK

For further information if needed, please contact:
Peter Stribling – 07845143653
Barry Dean – 07808043028
Email – duxfordsoapboxderby@outlook.com

Entries to the cart race are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Applications must be received by 31st August 2018.

Event disclaimer – Participants in this event do so at their own risk. The organising committee Duxford Soapbox Derby 2018 take no responsibility for any accidents, injuries, loss or damage incurred during this fund raising event. Contact details above. This event or activity is kindly being organised by a supporter of Cancer Research UK. Many fundraising events are organised in this way and we rely on the generous support of our volunteers and the general public to raise vital funds for our life-saving work. Cancer Research UK staff may have supported the organiser of this event but the charity is not responsible for the event itself. The event organiser will be encouraged to look at all aspects of safety for their event or activity. However Cancer Research UK cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury from the fundraising event.


Duxford Soap Box Derby 2018 Entry Form

Duxford Soap Box Derby 2018 Rules

2018 Leaflet and Poster

We raised £12,000 this year!

At The Plough on Tuesday night (20/09/2017) we announced the amazing amount raised this year for Cancer Research UK.

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