CONTENDERS of the Super Soapbox Challenge lined up their karts for inspection as they prepare for Barrow’s first soapbox derby.

More than ten teams showcased their homemade karts in Barrow Park ahead of next weekend's attempts to become the Super Soapbox champion.

Among them was the Furness College team, whose engineer, Shane Rothery, helped bring the project to life.

He said: “More than 20 students from the college were involved in the process, from the design, building work and engineering.

“They all worked together and we just acted as the guides.

“I think it’s a great challenge for the students and provides them with a really valuable skillset.”

The Furness College cart will be driven by ski-jumping legend, Eddie The Eagle.

BAE workers Mark Hornby, Keith Creamer and Craig Turner designed a Toy Story-themed racing kart.

The crew chose the theme after noticing the vehicle looking eerily similar to the toy racing cart in Toy Story.

Mr Hornby said: “We think the design will really appeal to children and be eye-catching to the public.

“Some of the team are going to dress up as Woody and Jessie, it’s very fitting with the new film coming out.”

Colin Garnett, the manager of Barrow BID which has organised the event, praised the efforts of all the kart applicants.

He said: “There’s been some really exciting entries.

“You can see there’s been a lot of effort put into each design.

“It’s fantastic to see how much work has gone into every kart.”

Plans have already been made for next year’s Soapbox event.

Mr Garnett said: “We want this event to grow as much as possible.”

The Soapbox race takes place next Saturday from 10am. Tickets are still available for An Evening with The Eagle at The Forum.