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Entries Open for Catterline Cartie Challenge 2009

Entries are now open for the 2009 Catterline Cartie Challenge. The maximum number of teams has been increased to 30, and 13 teams have taken advantage of the "early bird" entries made available for last years competitors from the start of January, meaning there are just 17 places left! Last year, all the places were filled before the end of February, so make sure you get your entries in soon to avoid disappointment. Entry forms and rules are available from here.

For a taster of what's in store, check out the video below.



You Wait Ages for a New Soapbox Race...

...and then two come along at once!

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme is the news that another new soapbox race is to be added to the UK calendar, and this one is in Scotland too. "Border Bogie Race" will be held on 23rd May in Denholm in the Scottish Borders. The course is approximately 2/3rds of a mile in length, and is "quite a good gradient ... 30 to 40 mph stuff". You can see a video of it here (also embedded below).

More details soon.



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Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme, near Aviemore, Scotland

Saturday 25th July 2009
Sunday 26th July 2009

DownhillExtreme gravity racing on the longest and most testing course in Britain.

Practice runs, timed qualifying, group races and finals spread over two days.

Hair pin bends, sweeping curves and gun barrel straights.

Set in the heart of Scotland - the stunning Cairngorms National Park.

The ultimate test of soapbox and driver.

25th & 26th July 2009.

Nae jessies.

Entry forms now available for those wanting to race, or why not just come along and watch?

See for further details.

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Provisional Date Set for "Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme"

Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme25th and 26th July 2009 have been set as the provisional confirmed as the dates for the newest addition to the UK Soapbox Racing Calendar - Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme.

This new event aims to be a spectacular showcase of the very best in soapbox racing. It will be held over two days and will include practice runs, timed qualifying, and head to head racing in group races and finals. The course is two miles long and, with an average gradient of 1 in 14, is likely to see competitors reaching speeds in excess of 50 mph.

For more details, including draft rules and a detailed map of the course, see Entries open in February, but you can pre-register now to be emailed as soon as the sign up forms go online.

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Belchford Downhill Entries Open

Entry forms for the 2009 Belchford Downhill Challenge have been mailed out to last year's entrants to give the existing teams a chance to get their entries in before the rush. With the growing popularity of soapbox racing in the UK, it seems likely that Belchford and the other events on the 2009 soapbox racing calendar will be oversubscribed, so prompt entry is advised if you want to secure a place. New teams will be able to enter for Belchford in late January. Full details will be on the Belchford Downhill web site in due course.

For those that haven't been down to Belchford before, it really is worth the trip. They borrowed a few ideas from the Catterline Cartie Challenge, such as chicanes, push starts and theme tunes. There were over thirty carties in 2008, with some very slick precision engineered soapboxes fighting it out for the honours. Catterline's own Flying Ferret was there and performed creditably, posting the 5th fastest time on the day.

Meanwhile, entries for the Catterline Cartie Challenge will be open to existing teams from January 1st, with entries from new teams being accepted from Feb 1st onwards. Last year all the places were snapped up in less than a month, so the organisers have decided to increase the maximum number of entries to 30.