ONE of the teams taking part in this weekend’s Krazy Races is likely to prove popular with beer and live music fans.
Northwich will become a racetrack on Sunday (June 26) and the Salty Dog will be among the soapbox cars lining up to speed down Verdin Hill.
Jeff Ashbrook, a regular in the bar, has put the car together for next to nothing after being given a license to take as much scrap as he wanted from W R Roberts in Wincham.
“All in all, everything has cost around a tenner,” said Jeff.
“The car is basically just going to be jet black and will pay homage to the Salty Dog’s toilets by being covered in flyers.
“I’ve been wanting to take part in one of these races for ages; ever since I saw the event when it first took place in London.
“I couldn’t miss out on it in my hometown and when I mentioned about entering a car on behalf of the pub, Chris Mundie (Salty Dog owner) said go for it.”
Thousands of spectators are expected to watch the carts as they race down the track, with teams fighting it out to be the quickest.
“I was actually donated two carts from Greenbank School before the pandemic.
“They had been made by students who left in 2019.
“They had been supported in designing them by Matt Stevenson, who sadly passed away five years ago.
“Everything else has been made from scrap and even parts of my old back fence or anything else I could get for free really.”
The cart has been put together with the help of engineer Sean Eaton, who was the original manager at The Salty Dog when it opened.
“Sean’s also the co-driver,” added Jeff.
“He’ll be in the back on the brakes, then we have three others in the team who have to do a dance routine before giving us a push down the track.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and in our case, we’re raising funds for St Luke’s Hospice.
“We chose that charity in memory of Bryan Spink, a much-loved Salty Dog regular who sadly passed away earlier this year.”