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Downhill fun for all on derby day.

Byline: JESSICA WALFORD Reporter

HUNDREDS of spectators packed the streets to watch the annual Penarth Downhill Derby on Saturday. The event sees competitors having to build their own gravity-powered soapboxes to race along Penarth seafront against the clock in a bid to be crowned champion.

Among the entries this year were a kart in the shape of a ship - dubbed the Woberley - an under-the-seathemed vehicle where the driver had even dressed up as a mermaid, and a shopping trolley.

And store Topps Tiles entered their "green machine" float, raising money for cancer charity Macmillan.

The derby has become one of the most popular events of Penarth Carnival, with everyone having a go from serious racers to those simply wanting to have a bit of fun.

The competition is split into four categories: Under-nines, under-12s, under-16s and over-16s. There are no prizes, although bespoke trophies are presented. There is also a prize for the best-designed cart.

This year, 25 karts took part in the event down Cliff Hill - and they even had to go through a "car wash" before they could be crowned winner.


All sorts of wacky and wonderful kart designs took part in Saturday's Penarth Downhill Derby

Hundreds of people watched 25 karts take part in the Penarth Downhill Derby on Saturday afternoon PICTURES: PETER BOLTER

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 10, 2017
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