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Last Updated: Thursday December 31 2009 15:34 GMT

In pics: Festive go-kart racers

Go-karter in fancy dress

Go-kart racers dressed as characters from The Simpsons took part in the annual Hoar Cross Downhill Soapbox Derby in Staffordshire on Wednesday.

Father Christmas racers

These racers are getting into the festive spirit - they're dressed up like Father Christmas!

Girls take part in race

Every year the race raises thousands of pounds for charity.

Gromit!

This competitor's dressed up to look like the cartoon hero Gromit!