WATCH: Soapbox Derby takes place in Hunstanton

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Hunstanton RNLI sailed home to victory in the resort's Searles Soapbox Derby today.

Around 40 homemade karts – ranging from old bath tubs to more ambitious designs – raced downhill to The Green.

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

None of them could match the lifeboat crew's 44-second time, with Ed Napolitana at the helm of the winning kart for the second year running.

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

The course started at Boston Square, then turned onto 'Crazy Corner' into Cliff Parade before finishing at the mini-roundabout.

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Roger Partridge, activities coordinator for Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, was pleased with the turnout.

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant


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'The day's gone superbly well,' he said. 'There are more people here than last year, we're really pleased – there must be 5,000 or 6,000 here, or there has been through the day.'

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

Scenes from the Searles Soapbox Derby at Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Searles and West Norfolk council signed a one-year deal to sponsor the event, with an option for it sponsor the derby again in the future. As part of the sponsorship agreement, the newly-established Hunstanton 4T5 Club was fundraising at the event with a gin tent on The Green, bucket collections and banner advertising.

The winning RNLI team with their trophies (from left) Dave Eastwood, driver Ed Napolitana and Charle

The winning RNLI team with their trophies (from left) Dave Eastwood, driver Ed Napolitana and Charles Napolitana Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

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Imperial Leathered won the Concours D'elegance with their Ghostbusters-inspired kart, while Pat Richardson won the veretan's event with a machine made from two old bikes.

Imperial Leathered, winners of the Concours D'elegance Picture: Chris Bishop

Imperial Leathered, winners of the Concours D'elegance Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Team Richardson with West Norfolk Mayor Nick Daubney and Hunstantin Mayor Amanda Bosworth Picture:

Team Richardson with West Norfolk Mayor Nick Daubney and Hunstantin Mayor Amanda Bosworth Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Teams gather on the Green at Hunstanton after the event Picture: Chris Bishop

Teams gather on the Green at Hunstanton after the event Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

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