The return of a popular soapbox derby is gaining momentum in Timaru.
Richard Brown and Felicity Bruce will bring the event to the streets of Timaru on November 19, more than 20 years after a similar race last took place.
At least 50 entry packs have been sent to interested parties for this year’s event, which will coincide with Movember to promote men’s health.
Timaru’s Frandsen family is among those getting behind the cause.
Kyle and Jenise Frandsen, formerly of South Africa, will use the event as a fun family exercise alongside their children, Jordan (11), Dominique (9) and Hayley (3).
Jordan will be the family’s “main pilot” and Dominique will play his “sidekick”. Hayley will also have an important role as chief painter.
“It’s going to be so much fun,” Mr Frandsen said. “It’s going to be fantastic.”
Mr Frandsen, who works for Geeves at Fonterra, encourages workmates to also get involved, including those with young families.
The Frandsens have started designing their kart, which they will build using plywood.
“I don’t know about winning,” Mr Frandsen said, when asked what result he was hoping for.
“We’ll take this year for a practice and see what everyone else does and next year we’ll go for the trophy.”
The TiMoru Soapbox Derby 2017 will take place along George St – from Barnard St to Station St. It will feature junior and open sections.
Participants in the junior section can build their karts from a kitset or design their own. All participants in the open section have to design their own.
Mr Brown’s words of advice to entrants in the open section was to build their karts “strong” so the creations could handle going over jumps.
Organisers aim to have races throughout most of the day.
He said the feedback so far had been good.
“Everyone’s excited that we are actually bringing it back.”
Although the event was designed to be a family fun day out, there was more to it, he said.
“The reason it fits with Movember is the theory of getting guys in sheds building networks.”
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