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Countdown almost over for soap box race

By Tom Oakley | Much Wenlock | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

Racers young and old will buckle up for an annual soap box derby this weekend.

Organised by the Cuan Wildlife Rescue, more than 20 people have signed up to take part in the adrenaline-packed day.

Weird and wonderful custom-made vehicles will be carted downhill at The Edge Adventure Centre, Newtown House Farm in Much Wenlock on Sunday.

The money raised from participants and spectators will help support the centre and its animals, which needs £150,000 a year to run.

Hannah Pusey-Hill, community fundraiser for Cuan Wildlife Rescue, said: "There is 22 soap boxes that have entered into the race so it should be quite a good day.

"The Edge Adventure Centre is opening their side of things so there will be lots of activities like segways and climbing walls.

"We're all really looking forward to it. I love the Red Bull Soap Box race, we were having an ideas evening and just went for there. Fingers crossed it goes well."

More than 4,000 people have expressed an interest in attending the event, which begins at 10am.

Soap box racing originated in the United States and has been running since 1934.

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Cars are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity to move.

Hannah added: "We're all really excited. We've never done anything like this before and you can never be sure what to expect.

"The support on Facebook has been great. I put it on there as an event months ago and we thought we'd see how many people got in touch and it went mental.

"We've got 4,400 people interesting in going but I hope they don't all turn up! It's something fun and for the community as well."

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Entry for the day is £5 on the gate and kids under 10 go free.

No parking is available for visitors on site but a park and ride is available from William Brookes School in Farley Road.

People can also park at the wildlife centre and walk from there. The walk takes around 10 minutes.

Inspection of all soap boxes will take place between 9am and 10am and there will be a health and safety talk that all competitors must attend at 9.15am.

All runs will be timed and there will be a cup and £50 prize for the fastest. Other prizes on the day will be for best Soap Box design and best dressed team.

For more information go to www.cuanwildliferescue.org.uk

Tom Oakley

By Tom Oakley
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist

Shropshire Star reporter responsible for the covering Telford and Bridgnorth and the surrounding areas. Got a story? Email tom.oakley@shropshirestar.co.uk or call 01952 241457.

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