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Catch first glimpse of Super Soapbox Challenge vehicles in Barrow Park this weekend



Members of the public are being invited to Barrow Park this coming weekend to get an early look at vehicles designed and built by teams from across the North West for the town’s inaugural Super Soapbox Challenge event.


Entrants to the Super Soapbox Challenge – taking place in the town centre on Saturday June 29th, will gather at Barrow Park a week ahead of the event to have their vehicles checked over by the organisers’ scrutineering team.


The scrutineers will check each vehicles’ safety by ensuring all rules have been followed – including checks on dimensions and brakes, ahead of Barrow Carnival’s Colour Run in the park later on Sunday, June 23rd.


Supported by the Barrow Business Improvement District, scrutineering at Barrow Park on Park Avenue will begin in the middle of the event field at around 1200 noon when the gates open.

Andrew Pearson, from organisers The Super Soapbox Challenge Company, says, “This is a great chance for people in Barrow and beyond to come along and have a first-look at the variety of vehicles that teams of local designers have come up with. From individual to larger team entries, we’re expecting to see a great variety of designs. We’ve even got engineers from BAE and the Orsted windfarm working on their inventions!”


The Barrow BID Super Soapbox Challenge sponsored by BAE Systems will see competitors speed down a ramp on Dalton Road near the top of Portland Walk, down to the finish line at Abbey Road.


Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards, better known as ‘Eddie the Eagle’ - who competed in the ski-jump at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary for Team GB will be first down the ramp – not on skis, but in a soapbox vehicle.

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