|I have listed below a few notes on
carts that we've raced against several
This list is by no means
exhaustive and will grow as photo's and
information regarding the other teams
becomes available... (Please feel free
to send info' to be included ! )
Driver - Stephen
Let's come clean and admit that this
is just about the fastest bogie on the
planet ! We accept that very high speeds
have been recorded in USA using GPS
tracking devices, but you can only go as
fast as the course allows. C12 has been
recorded exceeding 70mph using a police
radar gun at Cairngorm Extreme.
Built from Carbon Fibre - Genuine
The cart has won just about
everything available and is definitely
the one to watch wherever it races.
More information available at
Driver - Andy Ash
Centa Bavaria attracts attention at
every event it enters. Painted in its
Gulf racing colours, it is a cart of
beauty. It has been around forever,
winning many races. It is one of a very
select few that have actually beaten
Not only quick, the cart features a
sound system screaming loud engine
noises as it races !
Not content with only racing, Andy
and Michele put much effort back into
the sport and organise the famous races
at Dalby Forest.
Driver - Ben
Soapybox is the creation of Ben
Thompson and Thomas Coysh, both of whom
work at Triumph motorcycles. Their first
event was Cairngorm Extreme 2011 (Like
The team's had a mixed set of results
over their history, sometimes
blisteringly quick, balanced against
wheel issues and crashes !
They're famous for their "Go big or
go home" attitude !
They should be bringing out a new
cart for 2014. This should see Thomas
getting to drive... He's too tall for
the current model. They have a Facebook
Drivers - Iain
Team Rooket are a very quick, very
successful Scottish gravity racing team.
They are the current SCA cartie
champions having previously won the
trophy in 2011. Paul and Iain are
experienced racers, they have put years
of development into their cart. They
will be seen at all the Scottish venues
and will often race in England as well.
They will more often than not be seen on
the podium at the end of the meeting.
They have their own website at
Drivers - Graham
and Carol Kerr
Pist 'n Broke are another experienced
Scottish outfit. They became a two cart
team with new colours for the Border
Bogies 2012 meeting.
We first met the team at Cairngorm 2010,
before we made our first racer. Their
friendly, helpful and care-free attitude
convinced me to go home to Charlesworth
and build WMS1.
Graham was in the final of Cairngorm Extreme 2011 which saw a nail
biting finish down the last stretch for
2nd,3rd and 4th places...
Driver - Charlie
Team Alford are one of the more
experienced Scottish teams. Charlie has
raced at all the venues. To be honest,
had it not been for the abysmal weather
at the end of the 2012 season, Charlie
would have won the SCA Championship
outright... But that's racing - we tied.
Drivers - Martin
Now two carts and entered as such,
Barron and Martin used to race together.
They have raced for some years,
developing their carts, getting ever
faster. They will now be seen with
podium places at many events in the UK.
Driver - Jonathan
Not so much a racing team as a
David Ackroyd built his first racer
in 2000 and has grown Formula Gravity to
provide kits and support for schools and
other organisations wishing to embark on
the engineering project of building a
gravity racer. They appeared on the
'Gadget Show' racing for the 'Official'
world gravity speed record !
David has shipped over 1000 kits,
they've been sent around the world, and
can often be seen at gravity events.
They have a web site at
Driver - Darren
This is another experienced Scottish
racing outfit. Darren has constantly
improved the cart and is now posting
really quick times in many events.
Driver - Rick Kent
Rick has been gravity racing for
several years now. The Black Dog cart
has been modified several times, but was
almost retired in 2013 as Rick started
Gravity Bike racing.
However, it has been given a total
facelift for the 2014 season, so it may
be around for a while longer.
Driver - Varies !
We first came across the Cemex
gravity car at a charity event on the
Humber bridge. It was fair to say that
they'd just started and were a little
short of speed...
However, the team has
improved with every event it has entered.
They have now fitted the cart with
suspension and it gave a really good performance at Worlaby 2013.
Driver - Richard
Team Art started whilst Richard was
watching Border Bogies several years
ago. He was convinced he could build a
cart faster than most of them there...
He was correct ! The team always post
very fast times and have competed at
many events, not only in Scotland but
South of the border as well.
Driver - Zara Lane
This is a new team that made it's
debut at Border Bogies 2013.
What a first event ! Zara put in some
blistering times and came third behind
C12 and Lola ! A fantastic result.
Worlaby saw Zara have her first brush
with the hay bales, but this cart will
certainly be very competitive at future
Driver - Stephen
The SCA Bandit has been around
forever. It has nothing spent on it, it
rusts away in the closed winter
Stephen drags it out when he's
not using the side car outfit... And it
Seen here at the Screwfix off road
National final, coming a very close
second to C12.
Drivers - Richard
In stark contrast to the SCA Bandit
above, there could not be a more
different approach to gravity cart
Lola was professionally built to perform
in the Goodwood festival of speed... It
lay dormant for many years before being
brought out of retirement by Rich' and
Andy. It came a very close second to C12
at Border Bogies 2013.
Driver - Steve
Ffestiniog Soapbox started out as
'Little Red Bull' - The original cart is
seen here with Steve's son driving.
Steve drives a Sejcora, a professionally
built soapbox made to European
regulations. It gets faster with each
Other vehicles of note...
There are many gravity 'Vehicles'
constructed around the world...
If you have built one you think should
be included, please feel free to
submit its details...
Driver - Don Baumea
In 1983 Don Baumea built the
Challenger to set the Land Speed Record
for gravity powered vehicles.
It weighed 75 pounds (<35 Kg), was 1/2
inch off the ground, could drift in
turns, had dual parachutes and a onboard
It tested at 65 mph easily, but as no
organization existed then to help set up
the event, he was not able to obtain
road closure permits. He was aiming for
80 plus mph.
This list is nowhere near
If you race a gravity
cart at meetings in the UK, please send
details / photo's !