A WORLD War II boat and Postman’s Pat red van are just two of the soapbox-racers set to hurtle down a racecourse in Verdin Park next week.

The Northwich Town Council-sponsored Krazy Races event is free to attend and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser; with teams going head-to-head to get the fastest time – over what is the steepest and longest route in the three-race series.

Thousands of spectators are expected to watch the carefully crafted karts race down the track, aiming to avoid chicanes, obstacles and more. More than 10,000 people attended Shrewsbury Krazy Races in May, raising thousands for Macmillan and other local charities chosen by racers.

Graham Emmett, Northwich mayor, said: “I am really looking forward to it, it is going to be a great event for the town, and I will be watching on the day in the closing yards of the track.

“One of my friend’s sons worked for Red Bull in charge of their soapbox team and I have always been interested in the soapbox racing.”

Winsford Guardian: Northwich mayor Cllr Graham Emmett with Danny Scoffin, Director Sarah Belcher and one of the karts Northwich mayor Cllr Graham Emmett with Danny Scoffin, Director Sarah Belcher and one of the karts

Danny Scoffin, of the Krazy Races team, said: "One of our sponsors, Corkills, very kindly offered their Northwich showroom for the scrutineering and it was really fantastic to see all of the karts making their way onto the site - all sizes, shapes and themes!

"Everyone has worked so hard, and we have some fantastic karts and competitive teams to provide fun and entertainment for the Northwich community on the day.

“We are very grateful to the University of Wolverhampton racing team for all of their support including providing us with our scrutineer, or screw tin ear as he’s known to us.”

The town is no stranger to hosting big and crazy events after regularly hosting the Thundersprint, a festival for bike fans that become known as Northwich’s own Grand Prix.

Teams in this month’s Krazy Races are going for the fastest speed as well as the trophies for ‘fastest winner’, ‘best dressed’, ‘most innovative design’ and more.

Ship Happens – a family of YouTubers – reached out to their 60,000 followers for help building their boat-themed kart. Other businesses and organisations taking part include the Salty Dog Pub, ASM Technologies, which are also sponsors and Revolution Transport Service.

Krazy Races takes place at Verdin Park on Sunday, June 26, from 10am until 6pm.

For more information go krazyraces.co.uk/northwich-krazy-races.