Places still open for Gravity Grand Prix


Emma Billingham

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There is still time to sign up for the chance to hurtle down the hills of Cookham Dean at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour in the village’s very own version of Wacky Races.

The Gravity Grand Prix, organised by fund-raising group the Kaffirs of Cookham Dean, returns for its 10th year on Sunday, September 11.

The fun, family-focused event will see at least 25 teams race down the hill from the Jolly Farmer pub at the top of Church Road to Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Hills Lane.

The Gravity Grand Prix has grown in popularity over the years, and organisers are expecting more than 2,500 spectators to watch the racers battle it out in an array of impressive novelty go-karts.

Those taking part design and build their own wacky karts, with a special prize on the day – the Spirit of the Day trophy – for the best one.

Peter Bartlett, from the Kaffirs, said: “It’s a really good family event that brings the whole village together. It has a really nice atmosphere.

“I will be racing in a giant deckchair this year. Previously I have made a grand piano and one year I used a coffin.

“Everyone can enter. But they do need to send us pictures of their cart by the end of the month for the programme.”

The Gravity Grand Prix raises funds for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, which has been the chosen charity for the event since it started in 2006.

Peter added this year they hope to hit the £100,000 mark of funds raised for the charity, which provides marshals on the day.

Extra volunteers are also welcome to help set up for the event on the day, especially positioning the hay bales along the course for safety during the race.

To find out how to get involved call Peter Austin on 01628 482201.

Go to for more information and how to enter the races.


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