Aerial photograph from a plane of the Brook Street campus
24 February 2018

Motor Vehicle Students Support Charity Race

Students at West Kent College are “turning a dream into reality” by creating 50 soapbox karts for the Crazy Jean’s charity races coming to Tunbridge Wells in May.

The Motor Vehicle students are using their expertise to build the karts from their Hadlow workshop for the businesses going head-to-head at the exhilarating family fun day in Dunorlan Park.

The all-student team are making the basic karts, which include chassis, steering wheel, brakes and tyres, to be then delivered to race competitors to be “pimped up” in time for the races.

A handful of the 16 to 18 year olds will also be on hand as a mobile maintenance team on Saturday May 5th to ensure all the karts are race ready – as well as racing their own.
Organiser Garry Jeffery said: “I’d always wanted to have a charity kart race in Tunbridge Wells but in previous years we’d fallen at the first hurdle because getting businesses to actually make their own karts proved too difficult to make it happen.

“We are supplying the materials to West Kent College and thanks to the staff and students the 50 karts will be ready soon for those taking part in the races – and they really are brilliant.

“Crazy Jean’s really is a fantastic community event with schools, businesses and organisations really pulling together and using their resources in whichever way they can turning a dream into a reality.”

Tutor Gary Crowhurst said: “This a great opportunity for our students to put into practice the skills they have learnt so far. It also helps fulfil part of their course criteria, which involves students managing a project from start to finish and overcoming any issues which may arise along the way. Our students are really engaged with this large project and are looking forwarding to seeing the fruits of their labour on the day.”

The one-day Crazy Jean’s family fun day sponsored by insurance company Markerstudy is also set to have a music stage, food village and children’s entertainment as well as boasting a celebrity commentator and prize-giving ceremony for the race itself.

Businesses and organisations still wanting to compete can pay a one-off £500 entry fee, which helps pay to stage the event as well as pledge a minimum £500 sponsorship for the two chosen charities Hospice In The Weald and Kent-based children’s hospice ellenor.