Competitors Page


If you intend racing on the day this is the place to get all the information you need and hopefully get all your questions answered.

On this page you'll find car specs, track details, race rules, health & safety info and even ideas on how to build your own car. If you're racing, please read the race rules on this page. If we haven't answered all your questions here then please contact the race director.

Contact the Race Director

HOW TO ENTER

On the right of this page you'll find a link to the entry form. Download it, complete it and post it to the address on the form. You can also scan and email it to the Race Director if you wish. Make sure you include your entry fee cheque with your form, or alternatively, send your entry fee by electronic transfer. Bank details on the form. Include your team name as the reference.

ABOUT PEDAL CAR RACING

What is pedal car racing? Well, it's a team of up to four not necessarily fit blokes and/or gals and/or kids (anyone, in fact), racing their own pedal car against other teams around a track of about a kilometre in length. The streets of New Milton town centre are closed for the day and a track is built.

At 2pm the checkered flag drops and fifty, or more, cars go racing. The race, in front of a crowd of thousands, lasts two hours by which time the best teams will have completed more than 60 laps. It's hard work which is why most teams change their drivers every lap, giving them a few minutes to catch their breath before their next turn. Most are local teams but there are a good number of visiting teams from around the UK and even from France.

SO YOU WANT TO HAVE A GO

Then you'll need to know where to begin. Well, the first thing you need to do is get hold of a car.

 There's three ways of doing this.....buy, borrow or build. Every now and then an old car comes up for sale but, not often. Depending on the quality of the car, prices can vary from just a few, to many hundreds of pounds. Borrowing a car is a good option if, that is, you can find one. There are the odd one or two sitting in the backs of garages waiting to be loved again. The third option is perhaps the most rewarding though.

Building a pedal car is no five minute project. It requires a little thought, a lot of time and, of course, some practical ability. But, there is nothing more satisfying than going racing in your own car, built with your own blood, sweat and tears. Which ever option you choose, the best advise is to talk to those who've done it first. If you don't have a contact in pedal car racing then contact the race director. In the meantime though, look through the documents opposite for more help.

There are rules to follow on car specs and race rules. But, the most important rules are those on health & safety. We're a bit anal on those, but it's for your own good and we want to keep racing for many years to come.

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