S1 Soapbox Derby With DIAGEO Plc.

Posted: May 28 2015

Tags: Team Building

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The fabulous Airth Castle played host to a fun-filled afternoon team building event with a super-competitive group from Diageo, as our teams took to the race track to enjoy our ever-popular S1 Soapbox Derby event.

The entire plans for the afternoon had been kept top secret from the group of around 40 guests, and so as our team entered the room for the initial brief, eager anticipation and perhaps some trepidation quickly turned to an excited buzz amongst the teams as our afternoon got into full-swing.

Stage one of our Soapbox Derby event – the branding and marketing stage – saw our 6 teams take to the stage to pitch their brand new Racing Teams to a panel of potential sponsors, all hoping to impress the most and be rewarding with Pole Position on the start grid for the opening heat later in the day. We were treated to wonderfully designed logos, beautiful and intricate race suits and race helmets, and in the end exceptionally creative presentations where we eventually learned the team names of all taking part.

And so, stepping up to compete for the much-coveted Team Challenge Company Soapbox Derby Championship Trophy, we had; Team 5 Alive, Team Revolution, Team Inferno, Team Spear, Team Giving, and Team Bolt’N Racers (who are currently being investigated for copyright infringement we believe…!). The presentations were truly excellent, with top marks going to Team 5 Alive and the Bolt’N Racers to give them both Pole Position in the opening heats to take place later in the day.

The team building day continued with stage two, which is where the teams really got into the competitive swing of things, as we headed outside into the wonderful grounds of Airth Castle and into our ‘Pit Garages’, where the teams were now tasked with designing and building their Soapbox Racers. Armed with a metal kart frame and numerous building and decorating materials, the teams set to work to ensure they built Racers that met all criteria and would qualify for the Soapbox Derby season.

From outrageous rear wing spoilers to spears on the front of cars, and from not so aerodynamic front bumpers through to a door being built on the wrong side of the car (duhhhh!), this Soapbox Derby had it all. The designs were certainly unique, and the quality of finish exceptional (for the most part…!), which made it difficult to choose outright winners and award them Pole Position on the grid for the second heats of the day. However, these prizes eventually went to Team Revolution for their stunning concept design, and Team Inferno purely because of the size of their rear wing!

And then the moment we had all been building up to arrived – the Racing! We had sensational smashes out on the track, outrageous pit-stop changeovers, crazy undertaking manoeuvres and even the odd incredible piece of driving…! We had victories in the opening heats for Bolt’N Racers and Team Revolution, whilst Team 5 Alive and Team Spear struggled and stuttered into last place. Team Giving performed valiantly with some amazing pit-stop changeovers, whilst Team Inferno blew everyone else away on the track with their pure disregard for safety and awesome power through the corners! When all was said and done with the Heats, we had Team Giving, Team Spear and 5 Alive racing off to avoid (or win…?) the Wooden Spoon, whilst Team Inferno, Team Bolt’N and Team Revolution battled it out for top spot on the podium and the Championship Trophy.


As our final Soapbox Grand-Prix kicked off, there was sensational action out on the track, and as the dust settled we prepared to announce our winners. Before that, we had a massive cheer as Team Giving stepped up to collect their Wooden Spoon consolation prize after their last place finish in the final Grand Prix, with Team Spear finishing in 5th place and Team 5 Alive in 4th place. The Championship Race had been incredibly close, and left Team Inferno finishing in 3rd spot whilst the Bolt’N Racers just missed out on glory in 2nd place. That meant there could be only one winner, and they had been unstoppable from start to finish – the might Team Revolution! A fantastic afternoon of fun team building had been enjoyed by all, and a big shout out and thank you must go to Margaret for all her hard work in organising the entire event. It was a pleasure to work with the entire group from Diageo, and we certainly hope to see you all again soon for the re-match!

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Margaret Monteith

what a fantastic day we had - Jonathan and the team's enthusiasm and sense of humour had us all engaged from the minute we started, thanks to Team Challenge Company for the fun filled event

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Jonathan

What a fantastic afternoon of hugely competitive fun this was with the team from Diageo - from start to finish everyone was out to take home the winners trophy! My personal highlight was the wonderfully passionate presentations to the sponsorship board - outstanding creativity! A big thank you to Margaret for all her efforts in organising such a brilliant afternoon, and we very much look forward to the rematch!

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