Tunbridge Wells’ first soapbox kart race has been hailed ‘a roaring success’ with plans already underway for a similar event next year.

Around 5,000 people turned out to enjoy the Crazy Jean’s Kart Race on Saturday [June 16] and witnessed a display of wacky and wonderful karts going head-to-head on a track through Dunorlan Park.

A total of 40 local businesses and organisations took part, adding the finishing touches their karts, which had been made by students at West Kent College.

The teams also had to complete a lap around the lake in a handalo (a hand version of a pedalo) after driving the karts down a hill. A number ended up in the lake.

Henry Paul Funerals scooped first prize, while three further teams were awarded the Wackiest Kart prize – an Only Fools And Horses van by Jack Upstone and team, Hospice Heroes’ army tank and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys’ racing car.

Sponsored by Markerstudy, the event included a food village and a fun space for children.

credit Rose Bainbridge for all pictures.