Brechin-made cartie races in London

Duncan McIntosh Trailers' cartie took part in the Red Bull Soap box derby in London
Duncan McIntosh Trailers' cartie took part in the Red Bull Soap box derby in London

Duncan McIntosh Trailers’ cartie, designed last year for the Hallowe’en in the City cartie race, is clocking up the miles after racing in London.

The aerodynamic cartie, along with its team - captain Peter Kerr and members Zac Noble, Josh Kerr and Alex Noble - raced in the Red Bull Soap Box derby in London on July 13.

The cartie, which the company made last year, was made possible as a result of the fabrication facilities that Duncan McIntosh has on hand.

The cartie, dubbed the ‘flying Scotsman’, is made out of an aerodynamic roofbox.

For added strength and safety the roofbox has been coupled with a steel chassis and rollcage.

The brakes are hand-operated hydraulic disc brakes normally used on downhill mountain bikes.

It also features independent suspension on each wheel and this is where the company’s trailer knowledge came to the fore.

The vehicle won the award for best designed cartie at the Brechin race held last October.

Although not a top three finisher at the Red Bull event, the Duncan McIntosh team raced well and showcased their Scottish themed cartie to the large crowd and television audience.

Teams at the event were judged on three criteria. They were as follows:-

Speed - Red Bull’s website says: “Sorry to state the obvious but this event is, first and foremost, a race! So the fastest one across the finish line is definitely going to be looked upon favourably.”

Creativity - judges at the event were keen to see as much personality in the carties as possible.

Showmanship - Red Bull’s site stated: “Racers will also need to wow us with their stage routine, dazzle us with their showmanship, impress us with their soapbox design and, of course make it to the finish line.”

The top three finishers form the London race were as follows:-

1, Phya- Bird.

2, Coffin Dodgers.

3, Does Mr Scrum Look Big in This? (Rugby player George North, who featured in the Lions squad, pushed this cartie of the start line).

The Red Bull Soap Box race is an international event with Formula One racer, Sebastian Vettle, taking part in the German event.

They have held more than 40 soapbox races around the world since the first one in Brussels in the year 2000 – with locations ranging from Australia to South Africa, Helsinki to St Louis and Jamaica to Italy.

Over the years, vehicles have ranged from realistic replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up.

Previous designs have included a piano, a giant baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive corn on the cob, a jail cell and the Golden Gate Bridge.