Speaking to owner Danny Starmer, one afternoon it was great to hear so many companies coming together for the build. “We were at a wedding with the owners of Van Driel Engineering (Mark), and just sketched up a design, putting all our ideas onto paper,” Danny explains. “Mark used to do chassis design for cars so it just made sense, and it was going to be a fun project.”
Getting under the weight limit has been the team’s toughest challenge yet, but the Soapbox is well on its way to complete construction. Now pulling together a motivation pit team, including Danny and Mark’s wives, the final designs are being added to the chassis.
When asked if they’re going to test their creation, Danny laughed: “We’ll probably wing it! But we have a lot of faith.” Having pulled together the design and majority of the build in just under two weeks, it is definitely impressive.
With the Newmarket Motorcycle Company also one of the sponsors for the event, be sure to look out for Danny and his team on site, displaying a fantastic collection of custom made and Bullit Motorcylces, as well as accessories and parts. Good luck!
This week, we caught up with Derby Cottage Clinic owner, Bruce Smart.
Q: Can you summarise what Derby Cottage Clinic offer?
A: Derby Cottage Clinic offers a full range of treatments; we help cure and care for people of all ages. Our specialist therapies are Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and Remedial Sports Massage. We also have the latest in Shockwave Therapy which is a very effective method of solving deep tissue chronic injuries, such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow and many more conditions.
In summary, we can solve any spinal or joint, nerve, muscle or biomechanical problems that don’t require surgery. We are also good at rehabilitation! We are keen on education and have offered our first apprenticeship this year.
Q: How long has the business been in Newmarket?
A: I came along to Newmarket in 1997 and many lovely people liked what I had to offer and helped me establish. After a few moves Derby Cottage Clinic was the site that offered the space and setting for a growing business. We have great team and are constantly expanding, now offering Craniosacral Therapy for babies and trauma cases, and Beauty Therapy for permanent cosmetics.
Q: Why did you decide to support the Soapbox Derby?
A: As a fit and active bunch who have competed in numerous sports and worked alongside many teams and individuals, we are always enthusiastic to get involved with local events. The Soapbox Derby is a great idea so we are proud to support a fun event like this.
To find out more about Derby Cottage Clinic, click here.
Building a replica Willy’s Jeep in honour of the 75th D-Day anniversary, and making it under the Soapbox Derby weight limit is by no means an easy feat… yet Will Burrows and his family have done just that.
Still putting the finishing touches to their Soapbox, there’s no doubt the entire project has been a team effort, with every member of the family joining in. With 5 children in the family, Will and his partner Claire decided to enter a team to bring the family together during the school holidays.
With one child at uni, one living in London and a spread of ages, the project has been fantastic. Finding an old go kart chassis to base their build on, the team pulled together to design, build and paint the Jeep.
Having family connections to the D-Day histories, the team did a lot of research on how best to build a fast, yet safe, Soapbox to compete in Newmarket’s first Derby.
Living in the town for over 20 years, it’s clear to see how much work and effort has gone into the build, and we wish the team the best of luck on the day. With Luke driving, Jake in the back and the others cheering them on from the pitstops it’s a great show of family values at a local event.
If you’ve been building your Soapbox, don’t forget to share pictures with us as you progress. We’d love to see them too! Good luck everyone!
Introducing another fantastic sponsor of the Newmarket Soapbox Derby… Newmarket Motorcycle Company. A local supplier of motorcycle clothing and accessories, along with Bullit motorcycles, used and custom motorbikes, servicing and MOT prep.
Having been a resident of Newmarket for over 10 years, with the continued success and growth of its parent company Fastec Racing, Newmarket Motorcycle Company is your local dealer for all things motorbike. From Bullit Motorcycles, Neco Scooters, LS2 Helmets, Bell Helmets, Motogirl Clothing, Merlin clothing, boots, gloves and a great selection from The Bike Shed range, it really is your one stop local shop.
Known for its competitive pricing, friendly service and wide range of products, Newmarket Motorcycle Company also offers servicing, repairs, restoration, custom builds and parts service… and if they haven’t got it, they can source whatever you’re looking for.
Supporting Newmarket’s first Soapbox Derby was an easy decision, as the team wanted to support a fun event that helps to raise lots of funds for the charities involved whilst spreading the word about its location and services.
Be sure to look out for the Newmarket Motorcycle Company stand on 25thAugust, featuring a display from Bullit Motorcycles alongside a selection of stock and examples of custom machined parts from Fastec Racing.
To find out more about Newmarket Motorcycle Company, click here.
With three weeks to go until the Newmarket Soapbox Derby, we’d like to introduce you to our sponsors. Today, we’re introducing Juddmonte
Proudly supporting Newmarket’s first Soapbox Derby, Juddmonte is one of the world’s leading breeders of thoroughbred racehorses. To date, Juddmonte has bred over 100 individual Group/Grade 1 winners of over 200 Group/Grade 1 races, including 25 Classic winners.
Juddmonte races all its homebred progeny in the famous green, pink and white colours of owner Prince Khalid Abdullah.
Notable horses to run in these silks in recent years include Frankel, officially the greatest racehorse in history; Arrogate, the highest earner ever in the USA; and Enable, a nine-time Group 1 winning champion racemare.
Juddmonte has farms in the UK, Ireland and the USA, with its European headquarters based at Banstead Manor Stud in Cheveley, near Newmarket.
Here Juddmonte stands its five European stallions – Bated Breath, Expert Eye, Frankel, Kingman and Oasis Dream.
The Home of Horseracing, Newmarket, is set to host its first Derby for more than 75 years but this time racegoers will hear whirring wheels instead of thundering hooves. Newmarket’s Soapbox Derby will take place on Sunday 25th August so it’s time to get creative.
Business across the region are being urged to enter a team or become a sponsor. Up to 60 homemade carts will hurtle down Warren Hill at around 40mph while negotiating chicanes and obstacles, speeding all the way to the end of Moulton Road.
All proceeds will go to local causes supported by the Newmarket Town Charity and the event is being backed by The Jockey Club Estates, Newmarket Racecourses, auctioneers Tattersalls, tourism hub Discover Newmarket and Love Newmarket.
Councillor James Lay, speaking on behalf the event organisers Newmarket Town Council commented: “Our first Soapbox Derby Day is going to be really exciting and we’re sure people across the region will want to get behind this inaugural event. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted but we’re hoping to see some fantastically designed carts driven by brave amateur racers relying on gravity to get them down safely. We’re sure to see some rivalry but the emphasis will definitely be on having fun!”
Moulton Road will be closed to traffic as spectators line the streets to watch the thrills and spills of the race. There will be food and drinks stalls in the nearby Trainers’ Car Park. Tickets are just £5 for adults and a family ticket, for two adults and two children, is £10. Free entry for children.
Discover Newmarket manager Megan Pollexfen added: “We’re expecting thousands of people to attend Newmarket’s Soapbox Derby Day and experience everything our magnificent town has to offer. Aside from the race itself, they’ll be able to tour attractions such as Palace House, The Jockey Club Rooms and The National Stud. It’s sure to be a great day out to bring the racing and local communities together over the August Bank Holiday weekend.”
All information regarding entering a team, becoming a sponsor, specifications for the soapboxes and ticket sales can be found by visiting www.newmarketsoapboxderby.org.uk.
Entries can be submitted via our application form which you can download here.
We can hardly believe it, but the deadline for team entries is fast approaching. Having extended it by one month, we’ll be closing the doors on 31st July!
We’ve had a fantastic number of teams already enter, wishing the take on 700 meters of racetrack, down the famous Warren Hill in Newmarket. The course will be covered with several obstacles, and will allow you to take part in an incredible part of history for the town.
Racing like you’ve never seen it before… who’s in?