Photo essay: Leeds Hair Force One ready to roll at wacky downhill race

PIC: Tony Johnson
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Has the President of the United States joined the Wacky Races? Surprisingly not.

This weird and wonderful, handmade creation is in fact named ‘Ronald Pump’ and is a homemade soapbox vehicle ready to go for glory at a Red Bull racing event in London this month.

Ronald Pump has been created by the Pudsey-based Hair Force One soapbox team, who will compete against the clock in a downhill race along a 450m course complete with ramps and bends at Alexandra Palace on July 9.

In 2015 the fastest course run was 34.4 seconds with a top speed of over 47.4km/h or 29.5mph.

More than 70 teams are set to take part this year and event organisers say it promises to be “the most fun, colourful and thrilling road race in the UK.”

Library image of the skyline of the City of London Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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