Kop Hill Climb®

Fundraising for the local community

The famous Kop Hill Climb Soapbox

How much has the SOAPBOX CHALLENGE changed over the years??……

It’s been an integral part of the Kop Hill Climb Festival for nine years now, sadly the event of 2020 (COVID-19) meant the usual fun and excitement was not possible.

So….  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.

This is also, time to say a fond farewell from the current Soapbox Guvn’r and Crew who are moving onto new challenges, whilst wishing the new Kop Hill Climb Soapbox Team every success for 2021 and beyond.

A massive thank you goes out to the entrants and their families, all the spectators and each and every one of the Soapbox Challenge Sponsors that have made the event not only possible but an enormous amount of fun.

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.

If  you would like some inspiration to enter in 2021, then check out the 2020 promotional video and photos from last year’s incredible event below.

 

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.  The teams were made up of young people aged 10-17  coming from near and far to participate in the demanding but thrilling 2 day event which took place during the Kop Hill Climb Festival weekend.

Our tricky chicane, lift off ramp and curved banking definitely tested the drivers skill and determination and demonstrated that they could hold their nerve over the 12 race runs.

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 Fastest Driver, 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]