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Chippenham’s first Soap Box Derby to be sponsored by heating firm

Written by Peter Davison .

John and Debbie WilliamsChippenham’s first ever Soap Box Derby, which takes place this weekend, will be sponsored by John Williams Heating Services.

Owners John and Debbie Williams are backing the go-kart race which takes place in Chippenham High Street on Sunday, June 25 between 11am and 4pm.

Debbie said: “We are thrilled to be supporting such an innovative and fun community event. Chippenham is home to an incredible amount of talent and this is a fantastic opportunity for residents of all ages to showcase those skills.

“I’m personally very excited to get to see the karts that local creative minds will have invented. I am looking forward to a very special day which brings all generations together.”

The Soap Box Derby is a race of hand built non-motorised karts. Teams of four will race them as fast as they can from the bottom of Market Place, through the High Street and onto The Bridge.

Debbie said: “We are entering three teams - one in the junior class and two in the senior class. We will also have a stand in the high street with special visitor Bobby the boiler.”

The judging criteria is based on speed, along with design flair and each team’s showmanship on the day. The event is backed by Chippenham Connected and Chippenham Town Council.