A ‘wacky’ treat served up for the good folk of Cheadle was a huge success

CHEADLE’S first-ever Soapbox Challenge drew the crowds to the town on Sunday afternoon.

Well over two thousand people lined the 400m course on Glebe Road to watch the action.

More than 20 teams relied on muscle-power to tackle the gradient in a variety of spectacular homemade karts.

Vicky O’Shea, treasurer of Cheadle Carnival Commitee, was impressed with the standard of entries.

She said: “The idea for the event came from Jason Carnwell, whose son races, and I think they watch the Red Bull Soapbox Race on TV.”

The entries included the Ant Hill Mob, inspired by a car in the Wacky Races cartoon.

Carnival chairman Tim Cliffe was among those who took part, steering a kart in the style of a carnival float.

Money raised will go towards funding the eagerly awaited re-birth of the town carnival next summer.

The Soapbox Challenge was compered by LASAR Radio media manager Gary Shenton.

It was a really wacky afternoon, I enjoyed it very much, and the size of the crowd was amazing,” he said.

With support like this from the town I can see next year’s carnival being a huge success.”