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Time to start preparing for next year's Darwen pedal car race
THE Darwen Pedal Car Grand Prix will be brought forward next year in a bid to get even more of the community involved.
The event, which took place this year on Sunday, July 21, will take place a week earlier on July 13 next time around.
Organisers held a meeting earlier this week to get the ball rolling for next year’s race and said they wanted to attract more competitors.
One of the organisers, John Pocock said: “We have set the date slightly earlier in the hope we can get some schools involved. We hope they can adopt them as class projects and the like, and also any that specialise in engineering, such as Darwen Vale.
“I think we can say this year’s grand prix was a great success and for this reason, we are starting very early this time to try to give more varied groups the chance to build a car and enjoy a good day out. The race will be run more or less on the same format as now, with just a few improvements to layout and spectator control and safety.
“Apart from that, so far we are on for another great day and hopefully we will get a lot more cars made at home or in schools or businesses.”
The Darwen Pedal Car Grand Prix was devised by then town councillor Phil Jones in 2010.
And over the course of the four annual race events, it has grown into one of the town’s greatest spectacles.
This year saw the highest number of entrants, including five cars entered by the 105th Manchester Scouts, who regularly compete on the national pedal car circuit.
Competitors spend two hours racing around the town centre circuit, with the team completing the highest number of laps crowned the winner.
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