Soapbox kings are Absolute-ly fabulous

Soapbox kings are Absolute-ly fabulous

Some of the most legendary names in film and television proved the inspiration behind Red Bull's annual Soapbox Race.

The weekend's wacky classic saw 65 hand-crafted, engine-less machines - powered by gravity alone - hurtle down the 420-metre North London ramp and chicane-dotted course.

Finding Nemo, Poldark and Thomas The Tank Engine all inspired some of the creations in the sun-drenched event on Sunday.

Perhaps the most eclectic of all was a model carrying Wacky Races' baddie Dick Dastardly, Laurel and Hardy and Games of Thrones' Iron Throne.

Competitors at the Alexandra Palace course entertained 20,000 fans as they raced against the clock. Showmanship and creativity were also taken into account towards the final overall score.

The Absolute Radio-manned Breakfast Club entrant took the main prize. Presenter and soapbox rider Christian O'Connell told Twitter followers that it ranked among the most "terrifying" and "amazing" things he has ever done.

Turtle Heads - a Coventry-based novice team whose vehicle was based on Finding Nemo sea turtle Crush - scooped the special People's Choice prize.

Kevin Thomas, the 28-year-old driver, was joined by Danny Thomas, his 30-year-old brother, 25-year-old Andrea Popovic and 29-year-old co-driver Sam Wright.

Kevin said it was "great" that their soapbox still managed to complete the course despite suffering a breakage. Sam described the event as "amazing" and said the event was a "blur" of screaming people and colours all around.

The winners collected their awards just as the rains came.

Copyright Press Association 2015