by Greta Yeoman
It is set to be chaos on the street this Sunday, when the TiMOru Soapbox Derby returns.
The annual event is expected to include between 50-60 carts roaring down George St, in Timaru’s CBD.
In the words of Hunter S. Thompson, “Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death”.
That quote is indeed an indication of the excitement of home-made, creatively-designed carts hurtling down the town’s main streets – so much so, the TiMOru Soapbox Derby team have it on the event’s website.
Derby co-organiser Felicity Bruce said more than half of last year’s entrants had signed upagain this year, and many had entered more than one team.
She said there were lots of family teams, and the junior and corporate sections had the most entries.
A new rule this year, that jumps will be compulsory for all cart-drivers in adult section races, will add an extra element of entertainment to the day.
While memorable moments from last year’s race included a driver’s feet falling out the bottom of the cart during a jump, Ms Bruce hoped this year’s carts had been built stronger.
“The pit might be busy fixing up carts for the next race.”
While excitement for Sunday’s race was growing, one thing organisers were hoping would decrease by the big day is the bad weather.
“Cross your fingers for sunshine,” Ms Bruce said.
Her other reminder to the community was that the derby was one of several events for Movember, which raised funds and awareness for men’s health.
She was thankful for the support of many local businesses to get the event happening and the organising crew had grown as well, she said.
“They say, ‘many hands make light work’.”
The TiMOru Soapbox Derby starts at 9am on Sunday, with the junior events. Open and corporate competitions will race in the afternoon. The course runs along George St, starting at the Barnard St-George St intersection, down the hill to Station St.