Clean up by winning Limerick soap box derby

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Clean up by winning Limerick soap box derby

When the wheels come off! The crowd gasps as a driver carries a little too much speed during a previous Kilteely-Dromkeen soap box derby

PROSPECTIVE Lewis Hamiltons have three weeks to build their soap box and enter the derby at the Kilteely-Dromkeen festival.

The village of Kilteely will be turned into a street circuit on Sunday, July 17 at 4pm with lots of thrills and spills. Noel O’Dea, of the festival committee, says there is plenty of time for entrants to make their own mode of transport.

“This is the fifth year and it is now firmly established as one of the biggest and best in Munster with entries doubling last year to over 20. It has gone from strength to strength every year with last year’s derby undoubtedly the best to date.

“Soap boxes came from all over the parish, surrounding areas and even as far away as Leitrim. We would love to see as many soap boxes entering as possible. It would be great to get entries from all the neighbouring parishes. The winner has bragging rights for the year,” said Noel.

The champion will take home the Siobhan Ryan memorial cup and a cheque for €200.

“This special cup was kindly donated last year by the Ryan family in memory of Siobhan who was taken far too early from them and all the local teams are eager to win it back.

“As always the course will be challenging. We seem to have found the right balance between safety and entertainment and there will be exciting new obstacles on the course to test drivers and their nerves,” said Noel.

Teams can have up to five members of any age but the driver must be over 18. A soap box must have at least three wheels, rear functioning brakes on both wheels, steering wheel, seat and be a maximum of four foot wide. See the Kilteely-Dromkeen Festival Facebook page for more in formation.

“Huge crowds attend each year all along the course and we are encouraging the public to come along to witness this amazing free spectacle and also to sample the delights of our fun-filled festival weekend from July 15 to July 18,” said Noel.

Every year they have a new idea – in 2015 they broke a world record – and this summer the committee has organised a Strictly Fun Dancing event. Couples are diligently practising their routines and the plan is to hold the final on the street, weather permitting, on Saturday, July 16.