The first ever Cotignac Soap Box Race on Saturday 1st October


Hear ye, hear ye! There’s a huge dollop of fun on the way! On Saturday 1st October, the first ever soapbox race in Cotignac will take place. The race will barrel down the Notre-Dame de Grâces road across three timed runs, and the finish line will offer a refreshment bar, a food stall, a mini concert and a prize giving ceremony. Let your imagination run free and create the craziest machines to reach the finish line!

Cotignac Grand Prix, 1st edition

Participants now have 30 days to build their cars. Lou Calen, as the main organiser of the event in association with local figures, challenges the most intrepid of you to create the craziest machines. This first ever edition of the Grand Prix de Cotignac is open to everyone, from 6 years old to 100! Each crew must have a maximum of two people. The crew will have to use their physical strength to slide down the magnificent 1.2km winding descent which connects the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Grâces to Cotignac. Lou Calen encourages participants to use recycled or second-hand materials, since originality and creativity will be highly valued!

The starting signal for this crazy fun day will be given at 8:00 am. Each team will be able to take advantage of a test round to try their soap box car on the circuit. The race will contain three timed rounds, with a fanfare finish at the Cotignac football stadium. The team with the best timings will be rewarded during the prize giving ceremony at 5:30 p.m., as well as the team with the best soap box car design! Participants, crew members and spectators will also be able to enjoy on-site food trucks, a refreshment bar and a concert with the pop-rock group “Why Not”.

The story of the “Soap Box”

A soap box was originally a vehicle for children made up of a frame, four wheels and two axels, one of which is moveable for steering. The first wheeled vehicle race of this type dates back to Germany in 1904, but it wasn’t until 1933 that these races took off in the United States. Then, while the first true automobiles were being developed, an ingenious soap merchant considered the idea of using a vehicle design over the wooden boxes that contained his soaps. This idea spread and suddenly children filled the streets all over the country with their machines, and it soon became very popular all over the world. By the end of the Second World War the “Soap Box” had made its way through Europe with a special focus in Germany. In France, thanks to young activists in the city of Vénissieux, a national prize was created in 1981. The departmental prizes soon multiplied, and the Fédération Française de Caisses à Savon was then created as an umbrella to bring together this fun national trend. This also allowed for the French championship which started in 1984.

There is still time to register ! Contact Aurore on 06 31 69 25 01 or Marine on 06 66 25 58 48.

Registration: €10 / Compulsory driving license for non-licensees: €10