Thousands of spectators at third Great Easton Soapbox Race

PUBLISHED: 10:57 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 04 September 2018

Team Stealth leave competitors in the dust. Picture: GLEN ARNOLD

Team Stealth leave competitors in the dust. Picture: GLEN ARNOLD

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An estimated 2000 visitors enjoyed watching men and women barrel down Great Easton Hill at the third Great Easton Soapbox race on Saturday (September 1).

Team Top Gun struggles to retain control. Picture: GLEN ARNOLDTeam Top Gun struggles to retain control. Picture: GLEN ARNOLD

Funds raised will be split between the Royal British legion and the village’s community association and organisers hope the £12,000 raised in 2017 will be surpassed.

Teams responded to the theme of ‘all things military’ with many of the 28 soapboxes inspired by aircraft carriers, tanks, jeeps and military ambulances.

Alastair Farr, chair of the organising committee, said; “The generosity of local businesses, particularly our platinum sponsors Little Easton Manor and transport company 24x7, was staggering. The sponsorship and supply of equipment allowed us to cover the major upfront cost before the day kicked off.”

Before the racing begin, the Last Post was played, a wreath was laid at the village war memorial and a minute’s silence was observed to commemorate the ending of the First World War.

Members of the winning senior team I Ain't Driving That: Ryan Dunne, William Proffit, Richard Winder. Picture:  GLEN ARNOLDMembers of the winning senior team I Ain't Driving That: Ryan Dunne, William Proffit, Richard Winder. Picture: GLEN ARNOLD

The laying of the wreath before the race. Picture: ANDREW WRIGHTThe laying of the wreath before the race. Picture: ANDREW WRIGHT

The karts being towed back up Great Easton Hill for the second run. Picture: ANDREW WRIGHTThe karts being towed back up Great Easton Hill for the second run. Picture: ANDREW WRIGHT

Junior winner Alex James. Picture: GLEN ARNOLDJunior winner Alex James. Picture: GLEN ARNOLD

Team Flying Ace takes to the air. Picture: GLEN ARNOLDTeam Flying Ace takes to the air. Picture: GLEN ARNOLD

I Ain't Driving That, the fastest cart in the senior competition. Picture: Glen ArnoldI Ain't Driving That, the fastest cart in the senior competition. Picture: Glen Arnold

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