Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs (Please use this one)

PICTURES: Thrills and spills at Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022

Joseph Bulmer

Thousands of people descended on Bideford on Sunday (June 19) to enjoy the madness of the second-ever Bideford Soapbox Derby.

60 teams attempted to tackle the dastardly course. Racers started at Grenville Street, rocketed down the High Street flying over jumps and bumps before a hard turn onto the Quay.

Bideford was almost at capacity, with every car park full and drivers parking miles away and walking in to catch the action.

Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs (Please use this one)
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs (Please use this one)
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs

Event organiser Rebecca Frajbis-Edwards said: “This year’s derby went really well; it was fantastic and we’re overjoyed. The support was incredible, we had people from all over the place coming out to watch. It was such a lovely positive vibe, all the teams put in so much hard work.

“We’re just so thankful to everyone who volunteered, family, friends and everyone else. We’re pleased to announce we will be going again on June 18, 2023. We already have ten new teams committed and I imagine we’ll have at least 30 or 40 more by next year.

Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs

“We’d also like to give a big thank you to the Bideford College students who went above and beyond to help us.”

Third place went to last year’s trophy breakers, Only Fools and His Horses, second place went to Beautiful Racer 3 and this year’s Champions were Bideford Auto services, aka Norfolk and Chance.

Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs (Please use this one)
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs (Please use this one)
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs (Please use this one)
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs (Please use this one)

Psycho Billy Cadillac won the trophy for the most money raised and the best presented teams were Team Trev (Thomas the Tank Engine) and Daisy Chain.

The money raised from this fantastic event is still being counted but organisers are confident the total will exceed the incredible £10,000 raised for local charity ChemoHero by last year’s derby.

Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs (Please use this one)
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs (Please use this one)
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
Bideford Soapbox Derby 2022 - Credit: Graham Hobbs
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