Team List

Thanks to all the teams that took part. Fastest times below:

Pos. Team Time
1 Sausage Rocket 00:58.407
2 The Sparkies 00:58.750
3 #YCGBTAKFF 00:59.750
4 24 Lemons 01:01.150
5 TK Travel 2Cool4Skool 01:03.160
6 Chopper One 01:03.720
7 Rust Busters 01:03.830
8 The Pitstoppers 01:04.510
9 DB Building Services 01:05.160
10 Team Dinoco 01:06.400
11 Bootleg Banger 01:07.630
12 Hot Hatch 01:08.500
13 Reading Metal Recycling Wheelie Kwik 01:18.030
14 Intolorence 01:19.680
15 The Third Wheelers 01:20.310
16 Team Reading Metal Recycling 2 01:55.600
17 Highnett Controls 02:03.010

Kart 1. The Sparkies

Sponsored by Teescroft Electrical 

This is the first year we have entered a Kart, after sponsoring other teams in the previous two Box Kart events. We are a small Electrical contractors based in Burghfield who have decided to tackle the hill of death with our very own Stuart “no fear” Lugger taking the seat of the Karts controls.

Our charity we are supporting is The Teenage Cancer Trust, that needs no introduction, and does marvellous works.

Racing in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Please sponsor us at

Kart 2. Team DB Building Services

Sponsored by DB Building Services 

We are a local building company with a great team. This is our 3rd year doing the Box Kart previously we have done Scoop from Bob the Builder and Peppa Pig.
This year we will be doing Only Fools and Horses. The four of us in the team are Rob(myself) as Delboy, Dave (my business partner) as Rodney, Shane as Uncle Albert and Aaron as Trigger.

Racing in aid of Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Kart 3. Wheelie Kwick

Sponsored by Reading Metal Recycling 

Reading Metal Recycling have one of the most innovative two man karts. Constructed from green recycling bins, one of the racers actually faces backwards careering down the course at 30+ mph. This year they have made some minor modifications to reduce the weight and hopefully increase their speed – let’s see how they get on.

Racing in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance

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Kart 5. The Pitstoppers

Kart Sponsorship Available  

Third time’s the charm for the plucky Pitstoppers.

As The Red Arrows Gravity Riders, they failed to finish in year one, crashing out on their second run down the hill. They finished 10th last year as Team Phoenix (rising from the ashes of failure) and have their slightly wonky wheels pointed at a podium spot in 2019 as The Pitstoppers.

Penelope and the other Wacky Racers are looking forward to seeing what challenges they’ll need to shrug off in our pursuit of Burghfield glory.

Racing in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance

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Kart 9. 2Kool 4Skool

Sponsored by TK Travel Ltd 

TK Travel, your local coach and minibus hire company are back this year by popular demand. Tony, Dave, Trevor, and Sandy (with a little help from Lee, Mark and Katie) will bring some fun and entertainment with our newly modified dream machine.

All aboard – let’s hear you singing to encourage us down the hill. You all know the words. “The wheels on the bus go round and round…”

Racing in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance

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Kart 10. Hot Hatch

Kart Sponsorship Available  

“I feel the need, the need for speed.”
The Top Gun Naval Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. None of Hot Hatch have been there!
Back to compete again, lessons learnt, redesigns in place, let us return to the heyday of aviators, huge hair and power ballads, and be prepared to have your breath taken away.
Mav, Iceman, Jester & Viper

Racing in aid of Sebastian’s Action Trust

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Kart 11. 24 Lemons

Kart Sponsorship Available  

24 Lemons are back for a second year at the Burghfield Box Kart Bash. The kart has been slightly tweaked since last years run and remains in our original Gulf blue and orange ’24 Hours of Le Mans’ design. The body itself is made from 144 layers of shaped cardboard with the frame created from a modified go kart chassis. All round disc brakes finish the job, but we won’t need those……!

We are racing on behalf of local charity Dinlegy’s Promise. Please come down and support us!

Racing in aid of Dingley’s Promise

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Kart 12. Rust Busters

Kart Sponsorship Available  

This will be our second year of doing the box kart. We are same team from last year karl, Jack,Liam and Adam. Our team last year rushed to get the kart ready as we started it 3 months before race day. This year we’ve started it even later but it’s ready.The kart itself has been left out in the elements all year and is looking sad and rusty. We upgraded the wheels from 10” wheels to 16” space saver wheels. There’s no theme just a plain rusty kart. We hope to go faster than last year and also make it without breaking it.

We are raising money for Autistic Pride Reading Who Celebrate the WHOLE spectrum by providing autistic friendly events and activities in the Berkshire area. Including there annual Autistic Pride event in Prospect Park.

Racing in aid of Autistic Pride Reading

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Kart 16. Team Highnett Controls

Sponsored by Highnett Controls 

A team of work colleagues, who work for Highnett Controls Ltd an Electrical Engineering and Maintenance firm based in Newbury. Looking to work together and have a bit of fun in the process.

They decided to make it into a fire engine because of all the smoke from the tyres but Fireman Stan is hoping to get to the bottom of the hill without having to break out the hose pipe!

Racing in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance

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Sponsored by Kwik Fit Training Academy 

#YCGBTAKFF – We are a team made up of members of the Kwik Fit Training Academy staff, mainly Technical Trainers and Apprentice Coaches. We are supporting our company’s challenge to raise £1 million for Children with Cancer UK and we have a team goal of raising at least £5000 by entering a number of Soapbox events throughout 2019 across the UK.

The team is truly devoted to our cause and we hope we can rise to the challenge of the Burghfield Box Kart Bash, and we hope that the wheels don’t fall off….. that would be embarrassing.

Racing in aid of Children with Cancer UK

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Kart 18. In Tolerance

Kart Sponsorship Available  

We are small team from Reading who have all had a run in with cancer whether it be via family or ourselves. Its not just my team who have run in with Cancer, in fact more than 50% of the UK will end up having something to do with Cancer. This is what we want to change!

We all have jobs in Machining and Quality Inspection and are looking to blast the competition out of the water but we also have to ensure that all of our work is In Tolerance.

Racing in aid of Cancer Research UK

Please sponsor us at

Santa Cinemas Presents…

…an open air cinema extravaganza.

Well – we have the screen for Box Kart – so why not make use of it!

Saturday 22nd June 2019
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Burghfield Common
Venue opens 3pm
Entry for evening-only ticket-holders from 6.30pm

The Greatest Showman – Sing-Along

Film starts 4.30pm

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

On-screen lyrics so that you can sing-along

Bohemian Rhapsody

Film starts 8pm

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?’

Tickets No Longer Available

Sorry.  This event is SOLD-OUT.

Don’t forget to buy your Box Kart Tickets for the next day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if its raining?
You get wet! Like all outdoor cinema events we don’t cancel if its raining, so please dress appropriately. Umbrellas and Gazebos are not allowed as they block other people’s view. We will have ponchos available for sale.
Will food and drink be available?
Of course. It’s a Santa event! We will have the legendary Santa Bar plus a range of food options including Pizza & Popcorn.

Challenge 25 will be in operation. Those who look under 25 who wish to purchase or consume alcohol will be challenged for ID.

Can I bring a picnic?
Yes but please leave the BBQ at home! You can bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks. Due to licensing laws, only alcoholic drinks purchased at the event can be consumed.

Please be respectful of our hosts and take all your litter away with you.

What seating is provided?
The grass! Please bring along your own rug or camping chairs.
Can I bring the kids?
Yes. Who else would want to see Greatest Showman! Child price applies for under 14’s. Please also check the rating of both films for suitability. Bohemian Rhapsody is classified 12A parental advisory for children under 12. They must be accompanied by an adult. Due to licensing laws anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult in the bar area of the venue.
What about teenagers?
It’s tough being a teenager. Adult prices apply for 14 years old and upwards but at least you don’t have to sit with your parents! Due to licensing laws anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult in the bar area.
Where can I park?
Limited on-site parking is available for £5 but must be pre-booked. Please email to reserve. Note that due to the layout of the venue there is no entry after 8pm – but you wouldn’t want to miss the start of the movies – and there is no exit 4.30-6.30 – so you will have to watch all of The Greatest Showman!

There is strictly no parking on Reading Road but additional parking is available by the Vets and The Fruit Shop in Burghfield Common.

Can I get a refund?
Tickets are non–returnable and non-refundable except if the event is cancelled. In the unlikely event of cancellation due to extreme weather, or other circumstances beyond the organisers control, your money will be refunded in full. See your ticket for the full details.

Enter a Team

To enter at kart for the Burghfield Boxkart Bash just register below. You then have 14 days to  complete, sign and return the Indemnity Form and pay the non-refundable entry fee – £50 for individuals or £100 for corporate entries.

Any questions? Please contact the Race Administrator at .

About You

Your Name*

Your Email*

Your Mobile Number*

Your Team

Team Name*

Corporate Sponsor (if any)

Chosen Charity

Do you have previous experience of Soapbox racing?

Website Entry

Please provide information about the team and a picture for the website and programme. It can be funny, interesting or informative. You can make changes to this later so don't worry if its not perfect!

Enter it here or let us know if you want to use last year's entry for now

Team Description

Team Photo

Please use last year's description and/or picture for now


I confirm that
I have read and understood the Rules & Regulations and am aware of the risks involved in Soapbox Racing.
I will sign and return the Indemnity Form and pay the entry fee within 14 days.
I consent to having this website store my submitted information so that my registration can be processed.

Apply to Enter

If you and your friends/co-workers can collect sponsorship money, build a kart and then race it down a steep hill then why not enter?  You’ll have a great time and in the process raise money for Thames Valley Air Ambulance or your chosen charity.

In this section there is advice and guidance on How to Build a Kart, Top Tips for Fundraising and the all important Rules and Regulations.

If you are new to Soapbox racing, don’t worry. We’ll assign you a mentor to provide help & guidance if required.

Apply Now

Just register your details on our Registration page. You then have 14 days to  complete, sign and return the Indemnity Form and pay the non-refundable entry fee – £50 for individuals or £100 for corporate entries.

Any questions? Please contact the Race Administrator at .

Entry is limited to 30 teams, so sign up today!

2018 Burghfield Box Kart Bash Awards

People’s Favourite Award

Current Standing (online votes only)

  • Kart 22. The Rebel Force
  • Kart 26. Team DB Building Services
  • Kart 20. Team Hazzard
  • Kart 4. 24 Lemons
  • Kart 28. Knightprint Management
  • Kart 23. The Scream Machine
  • Kart 27. George’s Kart
  • Kart 9. Brum-hound SSC
  • Kart 16. The Steam Punks
  • Kart 1. ARGO
  • Kart 13. The Phoenix
  • Kart 12. Mongol Missile
  • Kart 2. Sorry chaps, moust-dash
  • Kart 6. Ka-chow! 2
  • Kart 30. Team Mortimer Sausage Company
  • Kart 10. Burghfield Bath Boys: Episode II – A New Soap
  • Kart 11. Dr Trendz
  • Kart 18. Team Craven Motor Club
  • Kart 29. Team Maximum
  • Kart 14. Ride like there’s no tomorrow
  • Kart 5. Appleton Racing
  • Kart 15. Rust Busters
  • Kart 25. Team Reading Metal Recycling
  • Kart 24. White Horse Timber Co
  • Kart 7. Army There Yetti
  • Kart 21. Team Staged
  • Kart 17. Return of the Macbeth
  • Kart 19. Hot Hatch
  • Kart 8. Blackhawk Explorers

Thank you for voting

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Parker’s are proud sponsors of the 2018 Burghfield Box Kart Bash Awards.

Burghfield Spices

Burghfield Spices will be providing a range of typically Indian dishes made with authentic Indian ingredients.

Enjoy a great family day out watching twenty crazy karts career down Hermit’s Hill and in the process raise thousands for local charities.

Advanced Tickets On-Sale Now

  • Advance Adult Ticket £3.00
  • Advance Under 14 Ticket £2.00
  • Advance Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £7.00
  • Infants 0-2 years are free

Tickets are for sale online now from TICKETSOURCE* or can be purchased locally from:

  • Nisa Local, Recreation Road, Burghfield Common
  • Parkers, Reading Road, Burghfield Common
  • The Fruit Shop, Reading Road, Burghfield Common

*Booking Fees Apply

and don’t forget to sponsor a team.

For more information see below and check out our FAQ

Where is it?

    • Hermits Hill
    • Burghfield Common
    • Reading
    • RG7 3YG

Burghfield Boxkart Bash takes place on the Reading Road (also known as Hermits Hill) between Burghfield Common and Burghfield. The  start point is at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association  Headquarters and the end point at The Hatch.

By Car

Parking is located in the field at the corner of Sulhamstead Road and Clay Hill Road. Approximate postcode for Sat Nav RG30 3SE.

There is a £3 parking charge which, of course, goes to charity.

Disabled parking is on the corner of James Lane and Reading Road.

By Public Transport

Bus No 2/2a from Reading to Mortimer stops near the start and the end of the course.

By Bike

Bike parking is available at The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association HQ and The Hatch.  Please be aware that the road will be closed, so you will  need to dismounted and walk for Guide Dogs.

What happens when?

Burghfield Boxkart Bash takes place on Sunday 23rd June 2019.

Event Schedule

0800 Hermits Hill closed to traffic

1100 Gates Open – Come and meet the teams in the pits

1200 Racing Starts – The fun begins…

1400 Vintage Tractor Grand Parade

1600 Racing Complete – Make your way to The Hatch  for the prize giving

1900 Hermits Hill re-opens

What is the best viewing spot?

Anywhere along the course will give you a great view of the Karts but there are 3 main areas:

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association HQ

This is our pit area. Go here to see the Karts up close and chat to the teams. Once racing begins ,  this is a good place to see the start and the Dog Leg Chicane.

This is where our big screen is located, so you can watch all the action.

Here you will also find a Bar and  food options including Pizza from Smokin Street Food.

Roselawn Corner

In front the Roselawn hotel is the fastest area of the track. This is where the Super Soaker feature is located – water pistols for sale – and the Roselawn Kicker – scene of some spectacular jumps last year!

Here you will also find another Bar and food from Mortimer Sausage Company , Chinese Noodles and an Ice-cream van.

Our Disabled parking and viewing area is here – right at the centre of all the action.

The Hatch

The finish line is at The Hatch. Cheer you favourite Karts as they cross the line and watch the award ceremony at the end of the event.

This is also where the Vintage Tractors will be on display prior to the Grand Parade.

For the kids, there will be a range of family entertainment including a Funfair.

Of course, The Hatch will have yet another Bar, and more food options, including curry by Burghfield Spices.


All the bars serve a range of real-ale from local breweries, chilled lager, cider by local producer Tutt’s Clump, wine & prosecco and soft drinks.

To reduce our usage of single-use plastic, we charge a £2 deposit for a reusable glass. At the end of the event you can keep the glass to reuse at home, donate your deposit to charity or return the glass to the bar for a refund. If you already have one of our reusable glasses from another Burghfield Santa’s event bring that along instead!

Card payments, including cash-back, are accepted at all the bars.

Grand Parade

The problem with Karts is that the only go down-hill!

To get them back to the top of the hill our friends at the Thames Valley branch of the National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club have come to the rescue.

They will be towing all the karts back up the course giving you an opportunity to see their vintage tractors and the karts up close.

Where can I buy tickets?

  • Advance Adult Ticket £3.00
  • Advance Under 14 Ticket £2.00
  • Advance Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £7.00
  • Infants 0-2 years are free

Tickets are for sale online now from TICKETSOURCE* or can be purchased locally from:

  • Nisa Local, Recreation Road, Burghfield Common
  • Parkers, Reading Road, Burghfield Common
  • The Fruit Shop, Reading Road, Burghfield Common

*Booking Fees Apply

Can I buy tickets on the day?

For insurance and safety purposes the event is limited to 5000 people. We advise you to purchase tickets in advance to ensure your space and get the advanced purchase discount.  However, we anticipate that some tickets still be available for purchase on the day.

Ticket price on the day will be:

  • Adult Ticket £4.00
  • Under 14 Ticket £3.00

Family tickets are only available for advance purchase.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. We will have water available for 4 legged friends at the bars, but please be aware that the pavements will be very crowded with thousands of people.

I live on Hermits Hill, will I have access during the event?

The Road will be closed from 8am until 7pm. If you think you will need to leave your house during the day then please arrange to have your car parked on James Lane, Reading Road prior to the road closure, we are aware than emergencies do happen – and if you desperately need to leave your property by car during racing, please contact the number you have been provided and give the team time to stop the race, ensure the course is clear of karts, move the race obstacles and escort your vehicle through the course.

Corporate Sponsorship

Sponsoring a Burghfield Santa’s event is a great way to increase your visibility within the local RG7 community and also supports a very worth-while cause.

Sponsorship opportunities remaining in 2019  include advertising in our event programmes, displaying  your logo on the Burghfest beer glasses or even Adopting a Santa!

Sponsorship opportunities start at £50.

We are currently looking for sponsorship for:

Download our Sponsorship Guide or contact us at for details.

Thanks to the following companies who sponsored the 2019 Burghfield Box Kart Bash