Cromer Soapbox Derby Great Success

Thousands of people poured into Cromer to enjoy a début soapbox derby. Runton road was lined with enthusiasts cheering and supporting competitors.

The drama was magnified when a sudden downpour added to the skids and excitement. There were a few close calls, however, everyone managed to manoeuvre  safely around the course and make it to the finish line.

The course started at a ramp top of Runton Road to Morrisons Petrol Station and included a chicane / jump to test the drivers skills.

The event was run by the town’s carnival committee, but was the Idea of local tourism marketing man – Bruce Stratton.

Some brilliant home-made soap boxes graced the start line, including train racing cars and a car made from a surfboard, however, the winner managed to complete the course in just 25 seconds and was driven by Peter McMillan in a vintage style racing car sponsored by The White Horse Pub in Cromer.

He was awarded the Malcolm McGreadie Shield, named after one of the founders of Cromer Carnival who passed away earlier this year.

Other winners

Fancy dress – The Stig

10-12 year-old section – Ethan Perkis-Caferkey

13-15 category – Brennan Wright

16-17 category – Fiona Barrs


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