Latest Gravity Racing News
A new group has been formed to "encourage and organise gravity racing events in and around the city of Lincoln". The Lincoln Gravity Racing Association are planning to races for 2014 - the Lincoln Gravity Bike Festival in May and the Normanby Rise Gravity Race in September.
Details are sketchy at the moment, and the dates are not yet confirmed. For further information, contact them via their facebook page.
Meanwhile, another new event has been confirmed at Coleby near Lincoln. Details for this are sparse too, except that it will be run over the weekend of 21st and 22nd June 2014. A web site is promised soon.
Back for a second year, and with a new extended course twice the length of last years.
SCA Championship points available.
Full details on the Brechin Halloween Facebook page. Cartie Race forms available online at links below:
Forms also available at Bruce Brymers butcher on St Davids Street or Print Matters on Swan Street.
All entry forms must be submitted by 27th September 2013.
The vast majority of soapbox rules contain a requirement that all carties have effective brakes, and many specify a minimum force that they must be able to hold. This is commonly 50 KgF. The wording is typically "The brakes must be capable of holding the vehicle on a dry horizontal road surface, when laden with driver and any ballast, against a horizontal load of 50KgF exerted on the front towing eye.".
This has been adequate for most of the races up until now, but with racers and race organisers now increasingly looking for steeper, twistier and more challenging courses, the "50Kg static brake test" needs to be reviewed.
Back in 2009, the SCA ran the first two day soapbox cartie race in the UK at Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme. This was to make the event more attractive to teams travelling a long way and maximise the amount of racing we could get, since access to the mountain was limited. Since then, the Dalby Forest Soapbox Derby has been the only other event to have been successfully run over two days.
Cairngorm and Dalby both finished in 2012. Two more two day races were planned for 2013; Annandale and Drumlanrig, but they were both cancelled. The main reason stated for Annandale's cancellation was insufficient entries, and although entry numbers were not a factor in the cancellation of Drumlanrig it had only had about a dozen entries when the plug was pulled. Meanwhile, one day races such as Richards Castle and Worlaby continue to attract a large numbers of entries despite both being run on the same day.
So are two day races the way forward, or do people prefer one day events? We've created a short survey to see what type of soapbox race people prefer. If you have a couple of minutes spare we'd appreciate it if you could complete it and let us know what type of races you would like to see being organised.
To take the survey, please click here.