On Saturday 18th May, we had the privilege of taking some students to compete in the Soapbox Derby for the 3rd year running. This year’s event had been scaled up massively with the amount of teams increasing from 26 to 41 teams, the majority of these being big name engineering manufacturing companies and experienced enthusiasts.
This year entering our youngest team yet (as well as by far the youngest in the competition) with Brad Bean (driver) and Luke Steane taking the lead and putting the hard work in on the kart in the weeks running up to the event. After some initial nerves before the race, Brad had two excellent drives, refusing to touch the breaks or let up for any of the jumps, obstacles, or corners. This driving led to his excellent average time of 48 seconds putting him 4th overall, with the top 3 (and most of the top half of the table) being experienced large engineering companies.
Praise also has to be given to Luke, who after all the hard work he had done, and wanting to see the task through managed to persuade his family to let him miss a family birthday to come and take part on the day. Lastly, the support from the Clifton family of parents, staff, and students past and present was overwhelming on the day, with them chatting with and cheering on the team.
Special note has to be given to the group of students who came of their own back without being asked to help push the kart and support the team in their free time. Showing people around them the true meaning of the Clifton way.