Set to take place in September, the finishing touches are still being made to a blueprint for the event, thought to be the first of its kind in the town centre, and which could potentially draw in thousands of spectators.
Once everything is finally approved, organisers are expecting up to 60 gravity-powered, homemade karts will be hurtling down Market Place and St John Street on Sunday, September 8.
The race, which will coincide with the final day of Ashbourne Beer and Cider Festival at the town hall, has been organised by a group of 16 local people who have been meeting on a monthly basis since last year to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The committee has been flooded with enquiries and chairman Sean Clayton says more than 100 people have asked for application forms so far, ahead of the launch date on Good Friday.
Sean says he wants the first ever soap box race to be a fun, safe, family-focused spectacle the whole town can enjoy.
He explained: “As a group, we wanted to be able to include all the family in the day’s events, so there will be two races on the day; an adult race for over 18s and a family event which will encourage all the members of a family, from the very youngest to the very oldest, to get involved in the building of their soap box and the fancy dress on the day.
“However, due to insurance, we will only be allowing children over 12 to participate in the race itself.”
The soap boxes, or go-karts, will start their descent in Union Street before negotiating the bend onto Market Place, rumbling down the steep hill, before turning right – the “wrong way” – down St John Street.
Space will be made for crowds to watch the action all the way along the course, including at the finishing line at the Green Man gallows sign.
During the Union Street stretch, racers will have to negotiate a chicane and, on the Market Place stretch, racers will encounter a ramp.
It is expected the adult karts will reach up to around 30mph, while the juniors will start slightly further along and will be given a choice of whether they want to take on the ramp or not.
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