Kop Hill Climb®

Fundraising for the local community

24th /25th September 2022

The famous Kop Hill Climb Soapbox

Thank you to all our 2021 soap box competitors

The Soapbox event for 2021 went through a number of dramatic changes:

  • The Driver age has been lowered to eight years old
  • The starting ramp is lower than recent years
  • The track is short mown grass
  • There is a chicane and bends but no bumps

This year’s event will look more like the early years shown on the video.  The lowering of the age limit is to encourage younger drivers and the all grass track to ensure that they can drive at a speed suitable for all ages.  First place will be awarded to the cart travelling the furthest distance.  Additional prizes include second and third place along with Best Soapbox and Spirit of the Event.

Best Soapbox will be decided by an independent judge and will be their choice for whatever reason they decide.  Fuzz Townshend in 2019 chose a cart similar to the ones of his childhood so it’s not necessarily the best paint job but maybe the best story.

Spirit of the Event is a prize decided by the organisers for the team which most encompasses the spirit of Soapbox, you could be the best dressed or the worst, you could be the most successful, you could be the most unsuccessful, what is for sure is that you will be the team that has brought a lot of fun to the event.

The removal of bumps is in line with safety recommendations adopted recently by many Soapbox events.  Please see the construction and clothing rules on this website.  Kop Hill Festival is committed to the safety of all entrants and Covid Regulations will be in force.

….we’ve put together a short video showcasing the enjoyment from its grassroots in 2012 to the present day….. We present ”From Grassroots to Today”…….


The video illustrates the Soapbox Challenge development over the years, and clearly demonstrates the youngster’s enthusiasm for design and engineering as well as their competitive spirit whilst also raising thousands of pounds for the charitable good causes that is at the heart of the Kop Hill Climb Festival.

Year on year we never cease to be amazed by the incredible display of engineering skill, driving ability and flair with a paintbrush that never fails to attract an ever-growing crowd of spectators.

We had many new entries last year competing against some die-hard teams that return year on year in the hope of making it onto the podium.

In 2019 we were thrilled to be joined by Car SOS star Fuzz Townshend who joined the Hill Climb Garage crew to ensure that the teams unlucky enough to suffer a spill on the track were repaired and back out competing as quickly as possible.  Fuzz also delighted the crowds when he joined our resident Soapbox Commentator David Winter with their humorous and witty commentary before presenting the winning teams with their medals, trophies and prizes.

The Soapbox Challenge at Kop Hill Climb Festival would not be possible without the amazing support of its sponsors, to whom we are extremely grateful, last year we thanked all our returning sponsors from 2018 Hill Climb Garage,  Bucks PGL, Putnam & Sons, MPS Workwear, Blanchford Building Supplies, Buildbase, Colombs, Jack of Glass, Tops Marquees, Insight Medical Writing, The Works Ice-Cream and welcomed new sponsors for 2019 Kingsey Kitchens, Spruced Up Landscaping, Andrews Electrics, Mr Mend Shoe repairs, Signart and Underbrella Website Design.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Soapbox Challenge 2021, then different sponsorship packages are available, contact [email protected]  for further details.

The Soapbox Challenge is dedicated to the memory of Andy Beaumont, our original driving force behind the event.  Every year, the worthy victors of the fiercely competitive ‘furthest distance travelled’ are presented with the ‘Beaumont Cup’.  Other great awards battled out for are Best Soapbox and Spirit of the Event.

If you are considering entering a Soapbox in 2021, then please familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations:

Soapbox Challenge Rules and Regulations

Have a question?  contact: [email protected]