Box kart riders wanted for royal race in town centre

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MANSFIELD town centre will be staging its own version of the Wacky Races as part of a special event on Royal Wedding Day, Friday 29th April.

Organisers are appealing for local people to enter a box kart race to take place along Stockwell Gate on the morning of 29th, which is a bank holiday.

They hope to encourage local schools, scout troops, colleges, businesses and other organisations to build their own box kart to enter into the race.

Box karts, also known as soap-box karts, are usually made of steel or wood and have a seat with four wheels, arranged as a fixed rear axle, and a steerable front beam axle - usually with a very simple single central pivot.

Teams of two people are needed to take part in the race - one to push and one to steer. No motorised or pedal-powered vehicles will be allowed.

Anyone interested in entering should contact Town Centre Manager Nick Turner on 01623 463 733 or email nickturner@mansfield.gov.uk

The box kart race is just one of the events planned in the town centre on the day.

There will also be a huge street party in the Market Place, a giant screen showing live pictures from the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey, funfair rides, food vendors and a Honey Pot Craft Fair Market.

Tables will be arranged in the Market Place for people to bring along picnics or eat food from the vendors.

The box kart race is the brainchild of Town Centre Manager Nick Turner. He said: “We’ve got a series of events planned over the busy run of bank holidays in April and May which we hope will attract lots of people into the town centre.

“The box car race is a bit of fun which we hope will encourage local people – youngsters in particular - to get together to build their own vehicle to bring along and race on the day.

“As well as finding the Jenson Button’s of the future, we’re especially keen on encouraging young people to develop their engineering and design skills.”