the rules

General Terms


All adult entrants must pay £50 entry fee.

All junior entrants must raise £25 entry fee.

All proceeds will go to Brockweir Community Interest Company for future events.


All drivers for the adult class must be 16 or over

All drivers for the junior class must be over 10


Every cart should get at least 2 runs down the course

Each class must receive at least 5 valid entries otherwise the class will not run. Refunds will be made should this occur.


The categories (so far) include:

• Fastest - Adult

• Fastest - Junior

• Creativity and Showmanship

• Champagne Moment

• Best Build

• Overall Winner!


General Conditions of Entry


Adult drivers must complete and sign the appropriate entry form in all sections.


Drivers under 18 must complete the Driver Consent Form and have their parent/guardian

countersign it as part of the entry process. They must also complete a Medical Declaration at the end of the form.


Brockweir CIC / Soapbox Derby organising committee’s interpretation of the written rules and regulations shall be binding on the participant and the competition under their jurisdiction. The organisers have the right to refuse entry or withdraw entry of any Cart or driver in their total discretion.


A Cart may only be entered in one class.


Each Cart may only have one driver. 


A driver may only enter once in a class and may not enter more than one class.


Carts to be made available by 8am at the latest on the day of entry for rule and safety checks. Please arrive early, as if it’s busy we may start checks earlier to get everyone through.


No changes to the Cart, apart from repairs, will be allowed after the rules and safety check i.e the addition of extra weights etc.


All Carts and drivers must pass the specification and safety checks to be able to compete and the scrutineer’s and event organiser’s decisions are final. Should a cart be deemed safe, but not comply with all mandatory rules (in bold below), the cart may be permitted to race, but not enter the competitions.


Each Cart must be checked prior to every run so ensure you are with your cart before you run to facilitate this.


Running order will be given on race day, subject to the above.


Attendance at the pre-race Competitor Safety Briefing is compulsory. (This takes approx 30mins and will take place prior to the race commencing on the day).


No alcohol or illegal substances shall be consumed by any participants. Failure to adhere to this Rule will lead to automatic disqualification and entry fee will NOT be refunded.


Cart Specifications - All items in BOLD are mandatory


Maximum length - 2500mm measured from most extreme points

Maximum width - 1500mm measured from outside to outside.

Maximum weight (Adult) - 100kg + driver.

Maximum weight (Junior) - 60kg + driver

Minimum ground clearance – 70mm


There must be four wheels, two of the same size on the front axle and two of the same size on the rear axle. It must be evident on visual inspection that the wheels are securely attached and do not rely on friction fit or split pins. All four wheels must be positioned so all are in contact with the road in normal running.


Good brake mechanisms are essential, braking must operate on at least two wheels on the same axle - this is a steep hill, you'll need to stop! Brakes should not act by rubbing on the tyres or the road surface and should be usable without letting go of the steering control.


Brakes must hold the Cart and driver stationary on a 20 degree slope with a gentle push to check.


Seats must be securely attached to the cart. Drivers to remain seated at all times. Racers must face in the direction of travel, in a feet first position. The cart should be designed so the drivers feet/legs are unable to leave the cart or be in risk of injury, e.g. the cart could have a floor panel and sides.


Roll bars and a fixed harness are required. Roll bars should be substantial and be at least 50mm higher than the top of the driver's helmet when seated normally and if the cart was to roll, the bars would stop the driver making contact with the road. 


Any steering column, brake levers or other protrusions must be designed and fitted so the risk of puncture injuries is minimised. Carts must be 'pedestrian friendly' and not have nasty sharp and dangerous bits, particularly at the front!


Suitable steering is mandatory and must be controlled by the hands and not allow risk of injury should you crash. Rope/string operated steering will not be considered suitable.


Bodywork and controls must not impede the driver in exiting the vehicle unaided and any doors or hatches required for driver access should be easily opened from either side without the use of tools.


Carts must be powered by gravity alone - no sneaky motors, pedals or elastic bands! No aids are permitted.


All carts must be fitted with a tow eye front and rear so we can tow you back up the hill for a second run.


Protective clothing including a full face motorcycle helmet, gloves, boots and heavy duty overalls (or better, such as leathers) MUST be worn.

No pyrotechnics may be used that may cause a risk of fire.