Soapbox race is back in pole position for charity

Olympian Louis Smith

Soapbox Stars is set to take place on Saturday, June 25, and will see over 45 karts made up of local businesses and schools, go head-to-head down a hair-raising track to raise money for local charities.

Organisers of the race, which is in its third year and has raised over £50,000 for local charities during previous races, had to be cancelled the last two summers due to Covid.

But the event is back and will be welcoming schools for the first time as well as the return of TV chef Rosemary Shrager as celebrity host alongside Tom Swift of Wicked Productions.

The event will be aiming to raise thousands for Hospice In The Weald, with each team donating their first £250 to the charity and the option of continuing to donate their remaining sponsorship funds to them or a second charity of their choice.

As in previous years, each team is given a basic soapbox kart chassis as part of their £599 entrance fee, which has been made by the North Kent College Motorsport Division, to revamp in any way they like.

On the day, teams will then take it in turns to race as fast as they can round chicanes and over nail-biting jumps on a specially made racetrack in the picturesque park.

Event organiser Nicole Piesse-Turner, from media and marketing company Chatty Hatter, said: “Nicole added: “This is a really exciting event for everyone, and I really hope a lot of the town’s big and small businesses will want to get involved, it really is an event for the whole community, whoever you are.

“We have also tried to make sure that ticket prices are really affordable this year and we’re so grateful to the support Tunbridge Wells has already given us – we’ve already seen half of the karts snapped up, which is incredible, so if anyone else wants to join in the fun then please get in touch!”

With over half of the karts already signed-up for the June race, please contact the Tunbridge Wells Kart Race at

Tickets for the event go on sale on Friday [January 28] and cost £10 for an adult, £5 for a child (5-17) and little one’s under 5 go free. Details:




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