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Record breakers in soapbox race

Formula Gravity soapbox
The VXR Nimbus was driven by Jonny Ackroyd aka The Twig

The team behind the world's fastest soapbox cart are to compete at the inaugural race in the Cairngorms.

Suffolk-based Formula Gravity's VXR Nimbus reached a speed of 62mph at an event in Eastbourne last September.

The Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme is to be staged on a road on CairnGorm mountain on 25 and 26 July.

Teams from Aberdeenshire and Berwick are among those taking part. Cairngorms ski lift engineers plan to use ski poles in building their cart.

It has been organised by the Scottish Cartie Association and sponsored by Go Fast!

The organisation said the carts - traditionally built by children from scavenged materials such as planks and a bit of rope for steering - were now precision-engineered racing machines.

The VXR Nimbus was built as part of a schools and engineering project.

It was driven by Jonny Ackroyd, nicknamed The Twig - a play on BBC Top Gear programme's driver The Stig.



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