Fire­fight­ers turn up heat at soap­box race

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Drama At Singleton Lake -

Four fire­fight­ers from Ash­ford have come third in the Na­tional Red­bull Soap­box Com­pe­ti­tion in London.

The race, which took place on Sun­day, sees driver’s com­pete in home­made, non-mo­torised ve­hi­cles in a down­hill race.

Team Rockin’ Rolla, was made up of Mike Pit­ney, 46, Dan Laven­der, 40, Lee Rose, 47, and Mark Charl­ton, 24, who based their per­for­mance on an In­di­ana Jones scene which saw them ride over jumps, through slaloms and even wa­ter to get to the bot­tom of the hill.

Team cap­tain Mr Pit­ney said: “We’ve been work­ing on this for months, build­ing a soap­box that we wanted to have an epic feel to it which in­cluded props for the crowd for the per­for­mance up on the ramp, with a rock­ing mine cart that I was pre­car­i­ously bal- an­ced in and a huge boul­der prop that started down the hill too.

“We didn’t orig­i­nally try for the podium spots,” said Mr Pit­ney, “but when our driver Dan saw that with the judges scor­ing be­ing so high, a fast de­scent may just get us on the podium, he just went for it, how­ever many times I nearly fell out.”

The other two team mem­bers who also wore the­atri­cal cos­tumes, shot ar­rows, set off smoke ma­chines, ‘war-danced’ and took a boul­der on­board just for fun down the ramp.

Rockin’ Rolla came third af­ter scor­ing a per­fect ten from the judges.

“It was just a sim­ply fan­tas­tic ef­fort by all in­volved,” said Mr Pit­ney.

Four Ash­ford fire­fight­ers placed third at the Red­bull Soap­box London 2017 Na­tional Race

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