crowd of up to 40,000
enjoyed the Red Bull
Soapbox Race at the
Stormont Estate on
Sunday May 25.
LOCAL teams raced away with the top titles at
the Red Bull Soapbox Race at the Stormont Estate on Sunday.
A crowd of 40,000 people turned out in the
sunshine to watch the race, where 44 weird and wonderful soapbox
creations careered down one of Belfast's steepest hills in an
attempt to take the coveted Red Bull Soapbox Race title.
Hillsborough team Ruddell Metals, consisting
of Andrew Ruddell, Andrew Currie, Trevor Marshall, Mark Kennaway
and John Lockhart, were voted overall winners at the event and
will now be flying off on a fantastic VIP trip to the Hungarian
Formula One Grand Prix in August. Lisburn team Top Gunners,
consisting of Robert Irwin, Sara McCausland, Neil Irvine, James
Irwin and Chris Ragg, finished an impressive second, scooping a
VIP trip to the Moto GP in Valencia on October 28.
Andy Ruddell, captain of Ruddell Metals, said
the team got their inspiration from the racing career of Juan
Manuel Fangio and his wonderful Mercedes Silver Arrow - 'the
greatest motor racing driver ever'.
Speaking after the event, a delighted Andy
said, "Each and everyone of our team had a fantastic day from
start to end. We enjoyed every bit of it immensely. The crowds
really made the event for us as they cheered us along the
"After we did our run we walked back up
through the throngs of people who were all greeting us and
cheering us and taking our photos -that bit was the best fun for
The event was hosted by Radio One DJ Colin
Murray and model Katie Larmour, judging the event were Cool FM
DJ Pete Snodden, BBC weather presenter Angie Phillips, BBC
sports presenter and journalist Stephen Watson and Jeremy
McWilliams - MotoGP World Championship Rider 1993 - 2004, who
scored the soapboxes on creativity, showmanship and speed.
Hillsborough Team Ruddell Metals were
voted the overall winners at the spectacle last
Top Gunners, who finished second,
picked up a VIP trip to the Moto GP in Valencia
later this year. Insert: Lisburn team Cushie Galore