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Bradford soapbox race: How to enter a kart into challenge

The countdown is on as the Super Soapbox Challenge returns to Bradford city centre this spring.

There are just six weeks to go until crowds gather to watch crazy karts hurtle down a huge ramp and go up against the clock.

Whether it’s a Batmobile or a fast food-themed kart, organisers behind the highly anticipated challenge have issued a call-out for people to get behind the wheel. 

Those who enter the race have to make a kart that will roll down a steep ramp before making its way around the course.

The races start at 11am on Kirkgate, outside Mario’s Hairdressers, heading down Bank Street and crossing the finishing line on Tyrell Street.

The team that gets the fastest lap gets to take home the winning trophy.

Awards will also be handed out on the day for the most innovative kart design and best turned-out Soapbox crew.

2024’s Super Soapbox Challenge is set to take place on Sunday, May 5.

It is expected to draw in thousands of people, having attracted more than 35,000 visitors in previous years.

Jonny Noble, chief executive of Bradford BID - the event’s headline sponsor, said: “The Bradford Super Soapbox Challenge is a fantastic fun day for everyone. We’re looking for adventurous teams of five people to enter The Super Soapbox Challenge, build their cart and have a great day’s racing. The previous entries have been outstanding. I can’t wait to see the teams that enter this year and their wacky designs making their way around the city centre. It all adds to the brilliant atmosphere on the day.”

Previous entries have included a burger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, vintage dress, a Batmobile, Scientists, Superheroes, and many more crazy designs. 

The event is free for spectators to enjoy while cart entry costs £100 for individuals, BID-levy paying businesses, and charities.

There is a £200 fee for a non-levy paying corporate entry. 

Andrew Pearson, marketing director for the Super Soapbox Challenge, said: “ We’re delighted to be making a return to Bradford in May and a huge thanks to Bradford BID and the other local businesses helping to make this happen. There’s still opportunities for organisations to get involved and be a part of this popular, feel-good event whether it’s by entering a team or sponsoring the day.”

The charity partners for this year’s event include Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Centrepoint, and Mind in Bradford. In between races, live music will also entertain the crowds.

To enter your team or find out more details, you can visit the website at

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