The first Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge event, sponsored by BAE Systems took place on Saturday 29th June 2019 in Barrow Town Centre with Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Barrow’s Town Mayor, Kevin Hamilton starting the racing from 10am.
Renowned for its engineering excellence, Barrow didn’t disappoint with a range of high quality soapbox racers tackling the town centre course. The teams took on the challenge of making the fastest and best soapbox racers possible and also got dressed up in a range of outrageous outfits which entertained the crowds.
It is estimated that 13-14,000 people attended the first Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge, which was not only a massive economic boost to the town centre businesses, but also attracted local residents and visitors from outside the area.
The fastest soapbox racer of the day was the entry by Orsted, who teamed up with Greengate Primary School to decorate their cart. They were closely followed by the Oxley’s cart and Barrow BID’s entry, superbly designed and engineered by Furness College. There were other prizes on the day for best joker, best outfits, best engineered cart and a sponsors prize.
As well as the racing, visitors were also able to enjoy Taylor’s Funfair which was located on Fell St car park and Scott St. The funfair was enjoyed by children big and small who were able to take a break from the soapbox racing and enjoy the rides located in the town.
In 2020 the Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge will be returning to Barrow’s town centre on Sunday 24th May. This bank holiday date provides Barrow BID with the opportunity to promote the town as a bank holiday weekend destination and bring more people into the town. It also means that town centre car parking for the event will be FREE.
Registration for the event will open to this year’s participants in August 2019 and will be open to everyone from September 2019.