Soapbox 2021 Donation Cheques

We are delighted to announce that following this year’s incredibly successful Soapbox Derby, Newmarket Open Door and SOS BUS have each received a donation of £945.45.

A huge THANK YOU to the entrants, sponsors and residents who have supported us this year.

 For 2022, we are committed to keeping our running costs low to maximise the good we can do with the funds raised by the Newmarket Soapbox Derby.

Click the link below to access the full accounts.

Meet the Newmarket Soapbox Judges

With race day rapidly approaching, we wanted to introduce our panel of local judges.

The mayor Michael Jefferys will record the speed, Cllr John Borda the mechanical design and last but not least Tracey Harding from Discover Newmarket will judge the showmanship and looks of the karts.

Our judges will have the difficult task to decide the fate of our brave soapbox competitors and determine the top three finishers. Apart from the trophy, all winners will receive a gift voucher.

Discover Newmarket Interview

Just four weeks to go before the Derby comes to Newmarket! Well that will be the Soapbox Derby and we are so excited! We caught up with one of the organiser’s, Cllr John Borda who gave us the lowdown of what we can expect to see and do at this year’s event. Take a read and then make sure you secure your ticket in advance for this free, community event.

Read full interview

Promo Video 2021 by Derek Thompson

We are very excited to have Derek Thompson presenting the Newmarket Soapbox Derby on the 29th August. Don’t miss out on this exciting end of summer event. Special performances, fairground rides, food stalls, music, and the funniest soapbox crashes. 🏎️🏆🏁
Book your free ticket today and be part of something incredible!

Nominated Charities for 2021

Newmarket Soapbox Derby is all about raising money for Newmarket Open Door & SOS Bus. If you like to contribute to our total, you can make a donation today. Even a smaller amount can make a huge difference. For further information please email at

Free Team Entry

Great news!!! You can enter your Soapbox team today for free!!!

Racers are being invited to turn up in a fancy dress!!

The closing date for entries is extended until 15th July 2021



Under New Management 2021

Newmarket Soapbox is under new management with the aim to solve old problems with new solutions and allow Derby to thrive in the future.

The biggest summer event in Newmarket is underway. The Soapbox Derby has a new format with free admission and fantastic surprises. Book your free ticket today.

Team Entry Deadline: 31st May 2020

With the whole country on lockdown, there’s never been a better time to start planning, prepping and building your entry for the Newmarket Soapbox Derby. With many of last year’s competitors made from family and friend groups, now’s the time to start pulling together and creating.

The Burrows Family Entry – A Willy’s Jeep

To enter, view our Soapbox specification list, complete the application form, and get designing with friends. You’ll soon be zooming down the 400 metre obstacle course!

Faces Behind The Builds: The Burrows

Newmarket Soapbox Derby

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!

Newmarket Soapbox Derby 2019