Hot wheels ready for action
It’s a family affair as Rodney Kerrison and his boys prepare for Timaru soapbox racing.
The November 19 novelty event returns after an absence of about 30 years.
Fundraising group TiMOru has revived it for Movember - the annual campaign focussing on men’s health during November.
Timaru Movember campaigners Richard Brown and Felicity Bruce say racing will start in George St outside the Timaru District Council building. The course then heads down Barnard St to finish on Station St.
Kerrison, his sons Kade, 7, and Ben, 13, and stepson Vinnie Todd, 11, have been busy getting their soapbox racer fine tuned.
Kerrison said it would get a flash paint job before the big day.
’’I build these types of things in my spare time,’’ said Kerrison who is an engineer by trade. ’’I just like this type of thing, I do it off the top of my head.’’
‘‘It’s mostly made out of steel pipe and panel steel. It’s going to have a nice wicked paint job with multiple colours.’’
A feature of the racer are disc brakes with wheels from pocket bikes and it has a roll cage for safety.
‘‘It’s going to be pretty outrageous. It’s got to be sleek and it’s got to be smooth.’’
For more details email email@example.com, check out the TiMOru Soap Box Derby 2017 Facebook page.
Ben, Kade and Rodney Kerrison and Vinnie Todd are almost ready to go soapbox derby racing.