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14th July 2015 - Press Release

Turbo tugboat competes in one of the wackiest races in the world



The 'Do Hurry Boys' did the Port of Dover proud on Saturday as they conquered one of the wackiest races in the world.

Four fearless friends from Port of Dover’s Engineering Services team, calling themselves the ‘Do Hurry Boys’, assembled a crack team to create Turbo Tugboat and have just competed in the Red Bull Soapbox Race, in London.

Led by Sean Foord, the Port pals – Peter Bailey, Darren Wright and driver James Morton – created a replica of the Port’s tug boats, Dauntless and Doughty, to act as their transport as they careered down a 400-metre course, reaching speeds of up to 30mph.

More than 60 teams competed in the event as judges marked participants on showmanship and creativity, as well as simply crossing the line. The event attracted teams from all over the world and was held in the grounds of Alexandra Palace, with coverage of the event filmed for television channel Dave.

Sean Foord, Technical Engineer, Port of Dover says:

“What a great day! Turbo Tugboat performed really well until a bale of hay got in the way.  Whilst that could have been the last straw, James the pilot still managed to complete the course, all in front of twenty thousand cheering fans.

A number of colleagues worked on Turbo Tugboat, all of which was done in their own spare time – particular thanks to one of the Port’s apprentices, Jamie Ward training to become a Mechanical Technician. Everyone involved deserves credit for getting her to London on Saturday. It really was a team effort, and something we put into practice day-in, day-out working at Europe’s busiest ferry port.”

Despite a forecast of rain, the track stayed dry for most of the afternoon’s racing. This year’s winners were The Breakfast Club, entered by Absolute Radio presenter Christian O'Connell and his team, who hurtled to victory in a shape-shifting, crowd-pleasing soapbox. 

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • Port of Dover has two tug boats, named Dauntless and Doughty which are moored at the Western Docks
  • Red Bull has held more than 100 soapbox races around the world since the first one in Brussels in the year 2000 – from Australia to South Africa, Helsinki to St. Louis, Jamaica to Italy
  • Designer of the vehicle is local graphic designer Anita Luckett of ACE Designs
  • Soapbox 2015 – The Results:

o    1st – The Breakfast Club

o    2nd – The Lancashire Witch

o    3rd – The S-Team

  • PHOTOS: Photo 1 and 2 shows pilot, James Morton at the wheel of Turbo Tugboat crossing the line. Photo 3 shows the ‘Do Hurry Boys’ enjoying the ambiance of the Red Bull Soap Box Race. Photo 4 shows Sean Foord, James Morton, Darren Wright and Peter Baily (right to left). Photo 5 shows the ‘Do Hurry Boys’ with the Red Bull team the Eastern Docks, Port of Dover.
  • For more info, visit: http://www.redbullsoapboxrace.com/uk/en/team/turbo-tugboat/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/TurboTugBoat

 

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