Sheffield family’s soap box challenge

Andrew Stansfield, who is taking part in the Red Bull Soap Box Challenge for his 40th birthday
Andrew Stansfield, who is taking part in the Red Bull Soap Box Challenge for his 40th birthday
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When Andrew Stansfield turned 40, he wanted to celebrate by doing something a bit mad.

At his family’s encouragement, Andrew entered himself, his girlfriend, his sister and brother-in-law in the Red Bull Soap Box Challenge - then they all forgot about it.

Well now the Sheffield family has found out they’ve been chosen, from hundreds of applicants, to take part in the race at Alexander’s Palace in London next month.

“It’s madness.” said Andrew, a steel foundry quality assurance manager, from North Anston.

“We’re one of just 70 teams that will compete in the race on July 12.

“I’ve been voted to drive the kart too, as it’s for my birthday, and I’ve either bravely or stupidly accepted the challenge.”

The Red Bull Soapbox Race is an international event in which amateur drivers race non-motorised homemade soapbox vehicles downhill.

The race is filmed and aired on TV channel ‘Dave’ and the family couldn’t believe it when a production team got in touch.

Andrew’s sister Rachel, 34, said: “They told us they were filming an hour-long special featuring six of the teams and their journey to the race, and they chose us.”

This year’s theme is the Industrial Revolution and, in addition to building a kart, each team must create a performance piece.

Rachel added: “We are The Stitchers and our kart design is a Singer Sewing Machine. We’re planning to perform a dance to Betty Hutton’s 1947 classic ‘Sewing Machine.’

“There’s still so much to do if we’re going to be ready in two weeks - we haven’t even started building our kart yet.”