SHAPE waves starter’s flag for St Helena ‘Grand Prix’

Kart racers in Jamestown might be advised to wear protective clothing. Picture: Bengt Nyman

Kart racers in Jamestown might be advised to wear protective clothing. Picture: Bengt Nyman

Daredevil drivers are being challenged to race home-made soapbox karts through Upper Jamestown, in aid of disabled workers on St Helena.

Fundraisers at the island charity SHAPE have dreamed up the idea of the rally and hope to attract at least 20 competitors in home-made karts.

The Gravity Rush event is scheduled to take place on 16 June 2013 – the same day as the popular soapbox derby in Brackley, home of the Mercedes Formula One team.

Next stop, Jamestown? Racers in Sweden, by Bengt Nyman

Next stop, Jamestown? Racers in Sweden, by Bengt Nyman

SHAPE manager Martin Joshua said: “At the minute we are targeting companies and also anyone of the public that actually wants to create and ride their go-kart down to the Bridge.

“We contacted the Highway Authority and they gave us permission to use the highway from the AVEC centre down to the Bridge.

“There’s a lot we need to sort out. We are hoping to sell some sponge balls with buckets of water and people can throw them at the participants as they ride through to the Bridge, so it can be quite fun.

“To make it good competitive day we are hoping for at least 20 entrance fees.”

The organisers hope to be able to take over the Market building to lay on children’s attractions.

A set of rules has been drawn up and karts will be inspected before the start of the time-trial.

St Helena karters face a sharp right turn on to the Bridge. Picture: Bengt Nyman.

St Helena karters face a sharp right turn on to the Bridge. Picture: Bengt Nyman.

In the Brackley race, competitors have a straight run down the High Street… and into a pile of cardboard boxes, positioned bring them to a safe halt. Even so, some competitors take a tumble, swerving to avoid the boxes.

The road down to the Bridge in Jamestown is much steeper than the Brackley race route.

The Brackley rules set limits for the size of the karts and their wheels, and say no materials can be used that might shatter on impact. Fitting brakes is “strongly advised”.

Brakes will be required on St Helena karts.

The pictures on this page are from the Red Bull Rally in Stockholm, Sweden, where much bigger and more elaborate vehicles are allowed – and bigger crashes happen.

Anyone interested in entering the Gravity Rush should contact Martin Joshua of SHAPE – St Helena’s Active Participation in Enterprise – at shape@cwimail.sh.

LINK: SHAPE

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