Soap box racing through centre of Douglas

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A grid of home-made contraptions will assemble in Douglas during September for the first ever soap box race to be held in the island’s capital.

On the evening of Saturday, September 13, daring pilots will race their non-motorised soap box vehicles downhill through the centre of Douglas.

The course from Upper Church Street to Barrack Street will pass an impressive number of watering holes, with spectators able to enjoy grandstand views from Bar George, the Courthouse, the Rover’s Return pub and the Outback between 7 and 10pm.

But it’s not just about speed – prizes will also be awarded for the most creative design.

The event is a new addition to the entertainment programme for Rally Isle of Man, powered by Microgaming, which takes place between September 11 and 13.

With the organisers of the rally keen to get involved, the soap box races will bring the long weekend of competition to an exciting end.

The event is being organised by local fireman Elliott Moore, who realised that an event of this kind was lacking in the island’s capital.

He said: ‘It should be a great event because so many people can get involved, from the design and creation of the vehicle, to racing it and of course spectating, too. I’m delighted that with Microgaming’s support and with 3FM on board as a media partner, we are able to bring this event to life.’

Roger Raatgever, chief executive of Microgaming, says: ‘We enjoy fun, team-building, local events and this one really stood out. Elliott has done a great job in pulling it all together and we can’t wait to help make it an event to remember’.

The inaugural races can accommodate 50 entries, comprising 30 private and 20 corporate teams.

Entry fees for the race are £50 for private teams and £100 for corporate teams, where companies can go all-out with branding their vehicle.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Isle of Man’s Hyperbaric Chamber.

For more information, including soap box specifications and entry details, visit or contact Elliott Moore on 07624 420753 or

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