After having a great day out at last year’s Soapbox Derby in Billericay with the family, I just knew that this year we’d have to come back – not as a spectator, but as a competitor! So the registration forms were sent off in January and VW Down Under are now official contenders.
For anyone who knows us, you won’t be surprised to hear that we don’t just want to race, we want to race in style, so we’re in the process of building the coolest Soapbox entry ever! Everyone loves a VW camper van, so it’s a no brainer that ours is going to based on a classic VW Split Screen, all we need are the upgrades on the exhaust and fuel lines to arrive and we’re good to go!
Only joking of course, but we ARE putting in a lot of effort during our spare time to make it look extra cool, and we thought we’d share the process with you. We’ll be regularly posting photos up on this page so that you can follow our progress, so try to pop back here regularly if you can.
Another thing that gives us added motivation is that this a charity event. Organised by the Rotary Club of Billericay, there are a whole host of good causes – both local and international – that will benefit from this, and every penny donated will be given to them.
All that’s left for us to say is that we hope to see you there and you’re also more than welcome to come to the yard and say hi to Paul ‘The Stig’ Barnett, he’ll be driving this beast down that hill, so you might not see him again after the race!
"This is my moment, I've been waiting for an opportunity like this for my entire life. I've set myself a target for the race so I'm pushing myself to the limit with a strict diet of high fat milk chocolate and crisps and an ultra hard training routine of walking from the car to the workshop instead of getting Paul to give me a piggy back. I really mean business!"
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We asked Paul Barnett, Lead Driver for team VWDU about his thoughts on the upcoming race. Here's what he had to say...
THE STORY BEHIND IT ALL
Paul 'The Stig' Barnett
Lead Driver - Team VWDU