Thirty-nine young speedsters took to the track at Wavre, near the Belgian capital Brussels, on Sunday (20 July) for the annual Soapbox Grand Prix.
CU ZOOM OUT Contestants lineup at start. (2 shots)
BACK SHOT First driver down hill.
SV PAN Another rider down hill.
LV PAN Car down track.
SV Car crashes into hay bales and loses wheels. (2 shots)
CU PAN FROM Driver to parents around wrecked car.
SV Ambulance arrives.
SV PAN Rider down hill at speed, skids off roads.
SV Breakdown van.
SV PAN Riders down hill at speed. (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM Time keeping officials at finish to rider crossing finish line.
CU PAN Ramshackle old soapbox downhill very slowly.
Initials VS 1.00 VS 1.20
SPORT: SOAPBOX RACING
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Background: Thirty-nine young speedsters took to the track at Wavre, near the Belgian capital Brussels, on Sunday (20 July) for the annual Soapbox Grand Prix.
Hurtling down the steep and twisting 400 metre (437 yards) course in their wood and metal machines the boys and girls aged from 10 to 17 competed against each other and the clock.
The design of the soapbox cars is rigidly controlled by international regulations. They must be unpowered, have four wheels and tyre size is restricted to 45 cm. Brake and steering systems are strictly confined within the rules and the machines must be totally home-made and not bought or manufactured.
The only other requirements are gloves, a helmet and long sleeves and the yearning for excitement and a little speed.