Go, go, go for Shrewsbury Wacky Races

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

Mechanics are checking their bolts are tight and steering wheels are secure in readiness for Shrewsbury's inaugural Wacky Races this Sunday.

The Harry Johnson Trust team with their Frog Kart ahead of the Shrewsbury Wacky Races Soapbox downhill race this weekend. Left to right are: Matt Jones, Stephen Johnson, Nick Onions, Jim Dale and Duncan Roberts

Nearly 40 teams made up from businesses, community groups, charities and friends have spent months designing and building their karts in preparation for them to take on the tricky course at the Quarry.

Amongst those taking part is Stephen Johnson, of the Harry Johnson Trust, in his frog-themed kart inspired by the logo for his charity, which he and wife Sally set up following the tragic death of their son Harry when he was just seven.

The kart has been built at his farm at Vennington, near Shrewsbury, and when he isn't tending to his dairy herd he has been tinkering in his shed while being ably helped by his four close friends, who will form the team on Sunday.

Thousands are expected to watch the races and, in order to cope with the crowds, Arriva buses has opened up the Meole Brace Park and Ride service which will operate throughout the day.

From Del Boy Trotter's famous yellow van to giant pigs, pirate ships and barrels, competitors have been really creative with their vehicle designs. Some have built on converted go-karts, others had built their vehicles from old bikes.

The event will raise money for Macmillan and The Harry Johnson Trust.

Sarah Belcher, who organised the event, said: "It has been absolutely brilliant to see it all come together and to see how hard everyone has worked on their karts. We can’t wait to see them on the day hurtle towards the river.”

The fun will also include stalls, activities for children and refreshments.

Outside of the races, which will take place at 10am, 1pm and a final at 4pm, people will be able to get up close to the vehicles and speak with their creators.

There will be seven winning categories including a public vote on the day, with an interactive voting platform created by Shropshire web, app and CRM company Six Ticks.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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