Want to Find Out More?

Would you like to find out more about gravity powered soapbox and sidecar racing in Scotland? Interested in taking up the challenge of building and racing your own gravity racer, or perhaps thinking of running your own cartie race? If so, visit the Scottish Cartie Association's web site for a wealth of information for gravity racers and race organisers alike.

CSEx on the Adventure Show

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Don't miss The Adventure Show next week on BBC2 Scotland.

Deziree Wilson borrowed the SCA Bandit and raced in Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme last year, and you can see how she got on next Tuesday (14th Feb) at 7pm.

Entries Open for CSEx2012

Entries are now open for CSEx2012. For full details, see here.

Entry Forms Available from 1st Feb

Entry forms for the 4th Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme will be available from 1st February 2012. As with previous years, places will be strictly limited and will be allocated on a "first paid, first served" basis. Last year, all places were gone within 48 hours.

As promised last year, the teams and individuals that helped out with marshaling or in other ways at CSEx2011 have been sent entry forms already to give them chance to get in ahead of the rush and guarantee their place. If you have not received one of these "early bird" entry form but believe you should have, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Please note that the tech' spec' for soapbox and gravity sidecar have recently been revised to clarify some of the points raised after they were published back in November. The latest new versions are now available on our downloads page.

2012 Tech' Spec' Published

The technical specification for the Soapbox Cartie and Gravity Sidecar classes for Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme 2012 are now available for download. We hope to have entry forms available online within the next two weeks.

They have both been revised from last year - substantially so in the case of the soapbox rules - so competitors should read them thoroughly to ensure they are eligible to compete.

The changes have been  made primarily to increase safety without unduly affecting the nature of the event and without making it prohibitively expensive to organise. The changes are relatively easy to achieve for existing machines and are also 'reversible' so will not put teams at a disadvantage at other events. The main changes are;

Register for CSEx2012

Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme 2012 will be held on Friday 13th & Saturday 14th July 2012. The format will be the same as previous years, with mandatory scrutineering and briefings during the day on Friday followed by practice and qualifying runs on Friday evening. The elimination heats on Saturday evening. There will also be run-off fr those not making it through to the finals so every team will get the same number of runs and an overall position.

The Great Cartie Survey

We're trying to get a handle on the normal range for cartie statistics (weight, ballast, dimensions, etc) in order to assess the likely impact of any rule changes and also to give guidance to new teams on what sort of size and weight they should aim for.

We've set up an online survey to capture the information, and if you have a few minutes spare it'd be really helpful if you could fill it in. Once you've completed it, you'll be able to see a summary of the results gathered so far.

Click here to take the survey.

Speed Records Smashed

New records were set on Cairngorm Mountain last weekend as 30 brave – some would say foolhardy – teams took part in the 3rd Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme. Powered only by gravity, they raced down the ski road from the Coire na Ciste car park to the Glenmore snow gates reaching speeds in excess of 70mph.

CSEx2011 Full Results Now Online

The full results and final placings for Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme 2011 are now available from our downloads page .

Cairngorm Soapbox 2011 The Final

This on-board footage (see below), taken from Centa Bavaria (driven by Andy Ash), shows the final of CSEx2011 and includes breathtaking footage of C12's (Steve Thomas) daring overtake at The Switch and the battle for second place between Centa Bavaria and LG Racing (Lee Wakefield)  - watch out for Lee's wheel just sneaking into the shot about 3 frames before the finish line! Brilliant racing from everyone.

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