Pedal Car Racing in The New Forest

Pedal car racing in the New Forest began in the mid 1980's when Ringwood twinned with the French town of Pont - Audemer where pedal car racing was already well established. On alternate years, teams travelled to each other’s towns for a weekend of racing.

In Ringwood, the first races were held in a car park but a few years later Ringwood Round Table took on the organisation and closed the town centre so that a really lively event could be held around the town's streets.

Races continued throughout the 1990's and gradually grew in size, with many cars being built in neighbouring New Milton. Unfortunately, the French contingent eventually dropped out and a group of enthusiasts took over the running of the event. It proved rather an effort to run the race every year, so in 2005, the New Milton Jubilee Committee offered to run a race in New Milton. It was an immediate success with New Milton's streets proving to be ideal for staging the race and a large and enthusiastic crowd of locals attended to cheer on their favourite teams. Since then the races have been held on alternate years in each town with the Ringwood race now renamed the "British Pedal Car Grand Prix", an honour deserved by its rich history.

The races now attract in excess of fifty cars and crowds of "tifosi" numbering many thousands. Teams range from talented racers to enthusiastic pub teams, ladies’ teams and juniors. Such is the competition, teams will have to complete well over 60km in two hours if they hope to stand any chance of taking the winner’s trophy home with them.

Pedal Car Racing Around the World

In addition to the races held in the New Forest, the British Pedal Car Championships hold events up and down the country throughout the summer months. Cars are of a similar build spec to New Milton/Ringwood and several BPCC teams have raced very successfully in our races. The Scouting movement also has a history of racing pedal cars in this country and the town of Torquay holds it's own annual summer event, although the car specs are somewhat different. Beyond our shores, perhaps the most famous and colourful event is held in Hong Kong where more effort appears to be made in designing and dressing up the cars and drivers than in the racing itself.

To watch YouTube videos and see results from previous races please see the links to the right of this page. We hope you enjoy browsing and we'll add more to this resource in due course.