Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Downhill Racers Going for Glory; « Soapbox Designers Satisfy Need for Speed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Downhill Racers Going for Glory; « Soapbox Designers Satisfy Need for Speed

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THEY are wacky racers who spend their weekend hurtling downhill on a homemade soapbox.

And these young designers have now made the final line-up in the adrenaline-fuelled Red Bull Soapbox Race 2013.

The event, in London next Sunday, will see more than 70 teams career downhill in their homemade, human-powered soap boxes.

The intrepid five fended off competition from hundreds to join the final after they impressed judges with The Phya-bird Soapbox, a homage to Britain's land speed pioneers.

The lads who are all industrial designers for Xenophya Design, a motorcycle design company, include, Mark Wells, 35, from Whitley Bay; Greg Seed, 28, from Gateshead; Thomas Kasher, 23, from Newcastle; Ian Ride, 35, from Cramlington; and Roy Norton, 24, also from Newcastle.

Mark said: "When we heard about the Red Bull Soapbox race we immediately decided that Xenophya Design had to enter."

The lads designed and built their soapbox, known as the Phya-bird, as a tribute to English racing motorist Malcolm Campbell. …

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