Cart toon characters; Students build Wacky Races replica for soapbox derby.
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A GROUP of students will become Scotland's answer to Dastardly and Muttley with their own soapbox Mean Machine.
Aiden Moore, Craig Macdonald, Jack Spowart and Kyle Scott will be the only Scottish team taking part in this year's Red Bull Soapbox Derby Race.
The foursome, who study at Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University, will take on an international field of fellow amateur drivers.
They were selected to take part after judges were impressed with their Wacky Races-inspired design, which is based on Dick Dastardly's racing car from the popular Hanna Barbera cartoon series.
A team spokesman said: "A week to go until we are in London.
On day one of testing we almost hit 30mph but are now hunting for two new front wheels."
The finished cart will feature a steel frame, 20-inch wheels and possibily event a thruster made from a fire extinguisher.
Bodywork will be sculpted from cardboard, foam and paper mache.
As well as racing, the team are chasing the peoples' choice award and appealed for votes.
They said on Facebook: "We are currently in second place by around 160 votes for the peoples choice award, so once again, please vote for us and bring the trophy up to Scotland."
The race will be held on July 12 at London's Alexandra Palace with 70 teams taking part.
A spokesman for the race series said: "Each hand-made machine is fuelled by nothing but sheer courage, the force of gravity and perhaps a little Red Bull."
Over the years, vehicles have ranged from realistic replicas to anything the teams' imaginations can conjure up.
?You can vote for the team at www.redbullsoapboxrace.com/uk/en/team/the-steampunkedmean-machine.
INSPIRED Dastardly and Muttley in the Wacky Races
REALITY The Mean Machine has been brought to life. Picture: Richard Frew
CREATION The soapbox cart under construction