One of the popular fundraiser events that Microgaming organizes each year is a soap box race, and the one they did this year was attended by thousands of people. They managed to raise a total of £2,270, money which went to Hyperbaric IOM, a local charity from Isle of Man, where the Microgaming HQ is located. The event occurred on September 3rd, 2016, on a Saturday. The money was gathered with the help of donations and entry fees.
David Downie, from Hyperbaric IOM, thanked Microgaming for the contribution and mentioned that it will make a great difference. Over 15,000 patients from Isle of Man are treated each year, for all sorts of medical conditions.
A total of 29 karts, all of them made by the contestants and coming in all sorts of sizes and shapes, started out in the race. It took place on Upper Church Street. Among the more creative looking vehicles that took part there was a wheelie bin, a yellow colored skip and the batmobile. If you were in attendance, you could also see a VW camper like vehicle, as well as a design that was “beer fueled”, created by Hooded Ram (local brewer).
The organizer of the event, Elliot Moore, said that the vehicles are much more diverse now, and that the quality of the execution has also improved considerably since the event of last year. He thanked the various volunteers, as well as the marshals, the southern farmers, commentators, Spar, Outback, St John’s Ambulance, SAS Events, The Kissack Bros, Eye-Spy Security, 3FM and ELS. The title sponsor for this event was Microgaming.
The improvements that were made for this year’s event included the tighter chicanes, the bigger jumps, as well as a boneshaker ramp. The Best Crash title went to The Hillside Bat. As for the regular prizes, the first place was taken by Turtle Power among the individuals, while corporate rankings were dominated by Manx Engineers, their 3rd title in a row. The prize, of £150, they donated to Hyperbaric IOM.
Various other sub-categories were also present. For example Scrapheap Challenge was won by DC Skips, while Best Turned Out Kart went to Scarbo IOM. Biggest Jump was taken by Martin Burns, with Highest Speed being obtained by D&M Racing, at 25 mph.
The weather was a bit murky, but it was still a fantastic time for those involved, and the race has become a major point on the events calendar of Isle of Man. There was a big turnout at the race, thousands of people coming to watch the contestants and their ingenious vehicles.
3FM was also happy about the way things went, especially since they are official Media Partners for it. They helped the event, supporting and promoting it. He congratulated the event organizer and Microgaming for the outcome.