Back to the future and bin men collide at Eastbourne race

Racers have taken to the streets to see how fast they can go down a hill in homemade karts.

At Eastbourne’s Seafront Soapbox, teams in inventively designed cars raced down Dukes Drive on the seafront to see who could complete the course fastest.

Vehicle themes ranged from a Back to the Future DeLorean to a kart shaped like a garbage truck, which was driven along the track to the delight of spectators.

Dennis Hunt

Annie Wills, Director of Tourism and Culture at Eastbourne Borough Council, said: “This year’s Seafront Soapbox was incredibly well attended with many taking advantage of the extra large screen and viewing area and the soapbox displays in the pits at Helen Garden.

“The creations were crazier than ever and congratulations go to all the teams and local businesses who put in an incredible effort to design and build their soapboxes and dress them up too. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for soapbox fans next year.”

The participating teams competed for cash prizes for the fastest kart and for the “craziest creation” of the day.

blankA kart designed as a bed | Dennis Hunt

Creations of the day came in all shapes and sizes. Some racers sped down the hill dressed as crash test dummies, while others dressed up as soldiers, pilots and scientists.

One driver of the soap box race took the issue very seriously with a kart designed like a washing machine.

blankA team dressed up as crash test dummies for the event | Dennis Hunt

In soapbox racing, teams design non-motorized cars and push them down a downhill course. The 350m track at Eastbourne featured a series of jumps, corners and chicanes which the cars struggled to deal with.

While some karts didn’t make it all the way down the hill, spectators seemed in good spirits as they cheered on the teams. Back to the future and bin men collide at Eastbourne race

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