Wheels in mo­tion ahead of big derby

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - AL WIL­LIAMS

The count­down is on as soap­box rac­ers prepare to take to Ti­maru’s streets.

Crowds are ex­pected to con­verge on Ge­orge St, Ti­maru from 10am on Sun­day for the re­turn of soap­box rac­ing. The nov­elty event, fea­tur­ing an as­sort­ment of any­thing on wheels, used to run north along Stafford St be­tween the The­atre Royal and Sta­tion St in the 1980s.

A fundrais­ing group - TiMOru - is bring­ing back the event, to be run on a slightly dif­fer­ent course, in aid of Movem­ber, an an­nual cam­paign fo­cus­ing on men’s health dur­ing Novem­ber.

A pair of Ti­maru Movem­ber cam­paign­ers, Richard Brown and Felic­ity Bruce, or­gan­ised the Novem­ber 19 event, with a start­ing point on Ge­orge St, out­side the Ti­maru Dis­trict Coun­cil build­ing.

Brown said 48 en­tries had been re­ceived, and or­gan­is­ers were still look­ing for vol­un­teers to help set up from about 8am on Sun­day.

‘‘We just want peo­ple to come along and sup­port it, we need as much sup­port as we can get,’’ Brown said. An as­sort­ment of soap­box rac­ers would be on dis­play in the court­yard out­side the Speight’s Ale House on Ge­orge St from about 6pm on Fri­day, Brown said.

Mean­while, soap­box rac­ers Gor­don Grose, Marc Maskery, Paul Dun­stan and Kurt Hay­ward said they were look­ing for­ward to the big event.

Maskey said he had based his de­sign ‘‘on a stolen 1930s Nazi race car, re­mod­elled by the al­lies’’.

‘‘It’s ba­si­cally a trans­formed childs’ bi­cy­cle and an iron­ing board,’’ Maskery said. Grose said his model was made up of a ‘‘sack bar­row, four vil­lage hall chairs and a kids’ bike’’.

Dun­stan said his racer in­cluded parts from a ride on lawn mower, stormwater pipe and a com­puter steer­ing con­sole. Brown said any­one keen to help out was en­cour­aged to email tim­o­ru­soap­box@gmail.com, check out the TiMOru Soap Box Derby 2017 Face­book page, or visit nz.movem­ber.com

PHOTO: MTYCHALL BRANS­GROVE/STUFF

Gear­ing up for soap­box rac­ing are Gor­don Grose, Marc Maskery, Richard Brown, Paul Dun­stan and Kurt Hay­ward

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