Thrilling community event supported by council grant

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The gravity-powered Brackley Soap Box Derby will be thrilling crowds once again this summer, thanks partly to a Community Grant from South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Every year up to 2,000 adults and children gather in the town’s high street to watch the spectacle as teams compete in a time trial style race.

On Sunday, 4 June, the brave drivers and their wild and wonderful homemade karts will take it in turns to race against time down the hill on the high street toward the hay bale safety wall, just after the finish line.

Paul Sutton, SNC’s chief finance officer said: “The Soap Box Derby attracts spectators and competitors from outside the town and builds its regional reputation. Pubs, cafes and shops get a boost in footfall, but most of all it brings people together to enjoy something that is a great deal of fun.”

Stuart Kirkwood, chairman of the Soap Box Derby said that after 15 events it is now well established favourite on the Brackley calendar.

He added: “The Soap Box Derby is free to spectators and provides a great family afternoon out in the town.

“Once again Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, based in Brackley, will be showing one of their championship winning cars whilst the new Mercedes soapbox will be making its debut in the race.”

In addition to a £750 SNC Community Grant, Brackley Soap Box Derby is supported by a £350 contribution from Brackley Town Council, £750 from Northamptonshire County Council and £1,000 is raised through local sponsorship.

SNC Community Grants are available to any not for profit organisations located in or associated with the district.

A wide range of projects and activities may be eligible for help, including capital projects (buildings and infrastructure), as well as smaller projects such as supporting the purchase of much needed equipment, the delivery of local schemes or events.

For more information visit our Community Grants webpage, email the SNC Community Grants Officer Katie Arnold, or call her 01327 322216.