75 pix and videos of the brilliantly bonkers Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge 2016

The Hallowscream cart goes scarily fast
28 Aug 2016 @ 6.46 pm
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The Yorkshire stig takes his machine down Micklegate. Photographs: Richard McDougall
The Yorkshire stig takes his machine down Micklegate. Photographs: Richard McDougall

They hurtled, they clanked, they flew, they skidded, and occasionally they fell apart.

The machines in the first Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge brought thrills, spills and fun to York’s finest street.

A huge success, the event was a wonderful way to relaunch Micklegate.

Thousands of people turned out to cheer on the competitors in a day’s racing that put Formula 1 to shame.

Supported by the main sponsor Autohorn, and businesses across the city and beyond, the event has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

Each cart was launched from a wooden ramp halfway up Micklegate close to its junction with Priory Street.

They then had to navigate puddles, cobbles, a tight bend and a ramp before crossing the finish line at the bottom of the street.

Carts came in all shapes and sizes. Among the imaginative designs were a giant hypodermic needle, an aircraft, a unicorn, Postman Pat’s van, a bathtub and a market stall.

After two runs down the hill, the ten fastest teams raced again for the overall prize. The winners were Focus Fireplaces, in a speedy red cart with the support of not one but two superheroes.

Same time next year? We think so…

Lord Mayor of York Cllr Dave Taylor gets the inaugural Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge underway
Lord Mayor of York Cllr Dave Taylor gets the inaugural Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge underway
Ready for the off…
Ready for the off…
The launch ramp
The launch ramp
A view of the course
A view of the course
Air time
Air time
Looks like they've got this thing licked
Looks like they’ve got this thing licked
Giving it some welly
Giving it some welly
Taking on the chicanes
Taking on the chicanes
A needle among the haystacks
A needle among the haystacks
Careering along the cobbles
Careering along the cobbles
The Hallowscream cart goes scarily fast
The Hallowscream cart goes scarily fast
This whole thing's bananas
This whole thing’s bananas
Baby, what a drive
Baby, what a drive
Some say that he used to appear on a motoring programme – all we know is he's called the Yorkshire Stig!
Some say that he used to appear on a motoring programme – all we know is he’s called the Yorkshire Stig!
In the frame
In the frame
And across the line!
And across the line!

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Fun day on Micklegate today #micklegate #micklegaterun #streetfood #york

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Ready for her maiden voyage #micklegate #york #soapbox #race @spenspen11 @will._spanner @moll1994

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Soapbox racing on Micklegate today was a good laugh

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#soapboxchallenge #micklegate #york #makingmemories #bankholidayfuntimes

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Soap Box Derby! #actionshot #soapboxderby #york #micklegate

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