Despite a hiccup with the weather last week the 2014 West Auckland Soapbox Derby was finally able to go ahead in Westgate.
Entrants from a variety of Eastern and western schools hurtled down the hill in their purpose built go karts.
Tommy McKinnon from Bruce McLaren Intermediate shared the fastest time of the day with Samantha Skelly of Waitakere College, both clocking times of 26.25 seconds.
This week finalists from around Auckland will be decided and the fastest racers will meet at the end of the month in Whangaparaoa to battle it out at the national finals.
The national winner will represent New Zealand in Ohio, USA for the All American Soapbox Derby finals.
Check out the gallery for photos of the day's thrills and spills.
- Western Leader
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