Soapbox fever returns to Jersey

Come along for a hilarious action-packed afternoon as the triumphant Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge returns to Mount Bingham.

Meet the daredevil soapbox stars who come to race in homemade creations, fuelled by nothing but courage. It’s a brilliant madcap racing event, with lots of fun for all the family – as we all enjoy the action, hail the fails and cheer the successes.

Contestants will be judged in time trials. There will also be prizes for the best performance, clothing and vehicle theme, as well as an award for the most stylish run.

The event is organised by volunteers from the Jersey International Motoring Festival, Classic Vintage Modern Racing Club of Jersey, Jersey Motorcycle & Light Car Club and Rubis Channel Islands, who come together to put on the Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge in aid of Jersey Hospice Care.

All proceeds from the Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge will go to Jersey Hospice Care. The funds will be used by the charity to provide free specialist palliative care to anyone in the Island with a life-limiting condition and support for their families.

The event takes place on Sunday 26 May. Practice runs will be held between 09:30 and 12:30 before competition runs are held from 13:30 until 17:00. The races start at the top of the Glacis Field Road (in front of the old Fort Regent Swimming Pool) and travels onto the main hill past the Mount Bingham swings and a final run down past the States of Jersey Planning and Building Services office on South Hill.

Steve Royle of the Jersey International Motoring Festival said: ‘We are delighted to be hosting the Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge. If you’ve ever watched the Red Bull Soap Box racing on the TV, you’ll know that we are in for a fantastic, entertaining day.

 ‘We would like to encourage friends and family to come along and support this event. There will be no entry charge, so it’s a fabulous chance to come along and enjoy this fun-filled downhill challenge. As well as the thrilling races, there will be food and drink stalls on site too.’

Nick Crolla, head of sales and marketing at Rubis, said: ‘After the roaring success of the 2018 event we are really proud to be bringing The Rubis Soapbox Challenge back for a second year to support Jersey Hospice Care. It gives teams and drivers from all over the island the chance to build and then compete in their wacky soapbox creations on our specially designed Mount Bingham course. They will have to traverse a combination of tight corners and jumps in their home built machines – all to win the crown of Soapbox Champion 2019!’

Prosperity 24/7 are one of the proud sponsors. Their CEO, Chris Clark, commented ‘Prosperity 24/7 are proud to once more support the phenomenal Jersey Soapbox Challenge. It provides industry and islanders an opportunity to demonstrate creativity and engineering beyond expectation whilst providing a hilarious day out for spectators. Jersey Hospice Care provides an incredible service to the island, so it is paramount that we do everything we can to support them.’

Jersey Hospice Care’s Chairman of Fundraising, Steven Hunt, said: ‘We’re incredibly grateful to the Jersey International Motoring Festival for choosing Jersey Hospice Care to be the beneficiary of the Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge and to all the sponsors for allowing all the money raised to come directly to Jersey Hospice Care.’

For more information on the Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge, please contact Alex Salmon on a.salmon281@gmail.com or head to the event’s Facebook page ‘The Rubis Jersey Soapbox Challenge – In Aid of Jersey Hospice Care’.