Soapbox crew firing up

JULIAN RAETHEL
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2014
Hobsonville Primary 2014 Soapbox Derby

SPEED RACERS: Some members of the Hobsonville Primary 2014 Soapbox Derby team are ready for action.

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The crew has been selected and are ready to race in the 2014 West Auckland Soapbox Derby.

It will be all go on March 16 at Westgate Drive with 16 cars from schools around Auckland set to roll out of the start line.

The Hobsonville Primary crew will once again hit the road in the Western Leader sponsored machine with the team of eight featuring four pit crew and four drivers.

They are hard at it, modifying the car and training every Monday after school on Fred Taylor Drive.

Driver Ashleigh Weyermayr says she decided to throw her hat in the ring before it was too late.

"I just wanted to try out for more things because it's my last year here.

"But I was surprised to be named as a driver."

It's been two long years since Hobsonville last held the trophy.

Last year's race was washed out at Westgate and was moved over to the North Shore.

The crew say that finishing between 30 and 40 seconds will be a decent time.

Ambrose Young-Hill, 11, was part of the team that came second in the New Zealand Soapbox Derby Finals in Whangaparaoa last year.

After missing out on a podium finish in the Waitakere race in 2013 Ambrose is more determined than ever to grab the trophy.

Brad Hill is the teacher in charge of the soapbox project and says Ambrose has the mind of a young engineer.

"He's been changing the brake pads and working on the wheel alignment.

"He's even taught me a few things along the way," Mr Hill says.

Another member from last year is Humairra Khan who says you need full co-operation within the team to succeed.

"It was pouring [with rain] last year and our brake pads weren't up to scratch," she says..

"You're only travelling about 15kmh but it feels a lot faster than that because you're very close to the ground."

Each team will take part in a time trial with two attempts on the day with the top 10 carts going through to the final race.

The 2014 West Auckland Soapbox Derby is organised by Waitakere Rotary and will be held at Westgate Drive on March 16 from 9am. Go to rotarywaitakere.org.nz for information.

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