Bad weather brakes on soapbox
Carts made to look like everything from pirate ships to elephants and tractors to snowmen flew down Aldington’s Forge Hill on Monday.
Around 1,000 people turned out for the 2015 Soapbox Derby and an accompanying fete held on the village recreation ground.
Villager Martin Goodchild’s Little Red Shark was the fastest cart to make it down the track in an impressive 55.29 seconds which saw him win the main event, sponsored by Steadline.
In second and third place were Dart, driven by Stephen Finniss, and Rat Rod, driven by Gavin Barlow, who finished in 1min and 2.56secs and 1min and 3.4secs respectively.
A bravery award went to James Southern who needed to go to hospital after dislocating his shoulder.
Eric MacRae, secretary of the Aldington Soapbox Derby committee, said: “He [James] had a bit of a crash towards the end of the route. We had St John’s Ambulance there, so they took him to hospital. It was the only incident we had all day.”
Winners of the Best Novelty Soapbox was Ted, driven by James Longstaff and built with the help of Ben Filip, which was
Alfie Owen. aged eight
Blink and you’ll miss it
Pirate-themed cart comes cruising into view
From Frozen to Aldington
One of the soapbox derby’s mean
They’re raring to go
Drivers Gareth Keeler and Darren Long Hill