29th August 2017
During the summer holidays the York College Engineering department designed and built a kart to race in this year's Micklegate Soapbox Challenge. The kart, based on the Fast and Furious theme, raced down the five metre start ramp and hurtled down the ancient Micklegate cobbles towards Ouse Bridge, much to the enjoyment of hundreds of spectators at the August Bank Holiday event.
The kart, made in the College’s engineering workshops, was one of fifty vehicles competing for the Autohorn Micklegate Soapbox Trophy. The hilarious downhill charity racing event also involved the York College team in fundraising for Wetwheels (Yorkshire), a local charity that provides water-based experiences for the disabled on board specially designed powerboats.
Engineering student Brannoc Selby (formerly of Fulford School) was in the York College team, he said: “With little time to build our kart, and with help from external businesses, we managed to produce a study enough kart to cope with the cobbles. It was a fun learning experience and the best part was seeing our kart racing alongside others in the Challenge - it was great to be part of the whole event.”
Tony Pollard, Engineering tutor, was delighted with the York College team's performance on the day: "We ended in 18th place, out of 51, which is not bad for a first attempt. The kart performed well, apart from one broken brake cable - and thanks to the help we received from Your Bike Shed on Micklegate , we were able to fix the kart and have a successful second run. We learnt that the success of the run is all about the weight carried in the kart and we hope to build on our success and have another go next year, with a more streamlined vehicle. It was also great to see former students who were enjoying the event, they were a fantastic support to our team as we braved the run."
York College kindly acknowledges help with the building of the kart from Demon Racing in York; to Jay who drove the kart at the event; and to the Twisted Coggs Bicycles Repairs Centre in Bishopthorpe.