Crowds flock in as village stages its own wacky races

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BOTESDALE was transformed into an episode of Wacky Races on Monday as it hosted its seventh annual Big Soap Box Grand Prix.

More than 2,000 spectators lined the streets to see the 37 home-made carts speed their way down the course.

Each cart was given two tries to post a fastest time, with four entrants qualifying for the finals.

Bizarre contraptions of all shapes and sizes competed in the event, from a soap box fighter jet to Dracula’s coffin on wheels.

Event organiser Chris Burnard said: “There were over 2,000 people spectating this year and 37 entrants – both a record for us. The majority of entrants were local but we did have one guy who travelled all the way from Cromer to take part. We had a really good turnout and we were very lucky with the weather. Fortunately all the years we have held the event the weather has been kind – you do tend to keep your fingers crossed the day before though.

“There are all sorts of people who enter the competition, from speed enthusiasts, who just want to get their machine going as fast as they can, to the novelties who are just up for a good time.

“My favourite was probably the Del Boy three-wheeler with Trotters Independent Trading down the side – the crowd loved that vehicle.”

Proceeds from the event are being donated to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and to the village Christmas tree fund.