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Micklegate Soapbox Challenge: The Details

29th July 2016

Micklegate Run Posters by Emily Hayes

Micklegate Run Posters by Emily Hayes

With only a month to go teams are now in the final stages of constructing their vehicles.

The Autohorn Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge, due to be held on Micklegate, York on Sunday 28 August. The event, sponsored by York based fleet management company Autohorn, is the first of its kind to be held on Micklegate.

With 44 teams entered to take part, the event organisers are expecting a crowd of 8,000 people on Sunday 28 August. The race track will run the full length of the street from the Priory Street junction on Micklegate to Skeldergate and North Street. The event is being organised by Micklegate Business Initiative, a group of local business owners who are working together to improve the Micklegate area of York, something which Autohorn were keen to support.

Examples of Soapbox Challenge taken from the group's Spacehive

Examples of Soapbox Challenge taken from the group's Spacehive

Scott Jenkins, Sales & Operations Director, Autohorn said: “We are really pleased to be able to sponsor the event. As a local York business committed to helping to improve the city-centre environment by encouraging the use of ‘greener’ technology, it’s great to be able to support such a community spirited event with an environmentally friendly twist. We’re delighted with the support that the event has got so far and are really looking forward to seeing everybody take part on race day.”

With five weeks to go before the event, The Priory Garage team, one of the six teams based on Micklegate to be entered in the race, have progressed well with their car build. The car has been engineered using two recycled bikes and polyethylene sheeting. The time left between now and the event will be used for the fine tuning of the mechanics and the all-important decoration.

Johnny Hayes MBE. Chairman of the Micklegate Business Initiative said: “The support of Autohorn has allowed us to raise our ambitions for the event and we are incredibly grateful to them. There will now be additional entertainment on the day as well as street food which we hope will give a real festival feel to the day. We will also be raising funds for St Leonards Hospice and the newly formed York Boat Rescue charity.”

Left to right: Councillor Johnny Hayes, Chairman, Micklegate Business Initiative (MBI), Chris Ceaser, Treasurer, MBI, Andy Spencer (driving the car), Priory Garage, Shelagh Garside, Committee Member, MBI, Scott Jenkins, Sales & Operations Director, Autohorn, and Marc Allinson, Secretary, MBI near the start line of the Autohorn Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge.

Left to right: Councillor Johnny Hayes, Chairman, Micklegate Business Initiative (MBI), Chris Ceaser, Treasurer, MBI, Andy Spencer (driving the car), Priory Garage, Shelagh Garside, Committee Member, MBI, Scott Jenkins, Sales & Operations Director, Autohorn, and Marc Allinson, Secretary, MBI near the start line of the Autohorn Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge.

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