In pictures: Gravity Grand Prix 2016

Emma Billingham


A Mad Hatter's tea party, an emergency hospital bed, and a deck chair were all racing down Church Road and Spring Lane in Cookham Dean as fast as possible on Sunday for the 10th annual Gravity Grand Prix.

The event, arranged by the Kaffirs of Cookham Dean, is a chance for competitors to show off the homemade novelty karts, built to see if they are the fastest to run down the hill.

There are four chances for the 30 participants to take home a title, in the categories Best Engineered Kart, Best Novelty Kart, Fastest Time and Spirit of the Event.

First prizes went to Richard Burton with Acceleramus, Richard Bate with Bottom Gun, Karim Dharmani with Lemus IV (in a time of one minute, 12 seconds) and Mark Broad with Shedding Pot, respectively.

Peter Austin, race controller, said: "It was very much the successful event we wanted for the 10th anniversary. We had a record number of kart entries, with 31 entries though three didn't quite make it to the start line.

"From the beginning it was always going to be good fun, but now its really quite a big event, a great way for the village to come together.

"We'll keep it going for as long as possible."

The event raises money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, with this year's racing taking the amount raised over the last decade to £100,000.

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