Soapbox Derby with BWB Consulting

Posted: Jun 18 2018

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The De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre provided the backdrop for some fun afternoon team building for the team from BWB Consulting, with our ever-popular  Soapbox Derby activity following on from a morning of psychometric profiling for the group. The afternoon session would build on this, and see 3 teams battle it out to create their own Soapbox Derby Race Team, design their own Soapbox Racer, and then compete in the final pedal-powered Grand Prix in a bid to take home the much-coveted Team Challenge Company Winner’s Trophy.

With 3 phases to the day, the teams began with the creation phase, coming up with their team name and logo, their racing branding and strapline, and even their  racing team values, all of which had to be pitched to our board of sponsors to gain the lucrative big money sponsorship contract which would see them placed pole position on the grid for the opening heat. We were treated to some of the most wonderful displays from each team, as Diamond Force, Soap & Glory, and Precision Racing pitched their sporting prowess to the sponsors, doing everything they could to earn to spot.  

There was dance moves, there was corporate jargon, and there was some sensational race suits on show, as the teams really got into the spirit of the day. We then quickly headed outside to the pit garages, where the teams began to build their Soapbox Racers. The engineering ability on display was quite extraordinary, as piece by piece the teams crafted some true works of art. Huge spoilers, steering columns, front splitters and the craziest ‘wings’ we have ever seen were just a few of the design highlights of the afternoon, as colourful splashes of paint and terrible attempts at corporate logos were emblazoned across the vehicles. 

One by one the final builds were inspected to ensure they met the prerequisite specifications, and when all was said and done, all 3 teams were ready to do their business out on the track! The Big Grand Prix had arrived, as one by one our racers set off around the track, rip roaring and huge speeds as each driver pedalled with all their might!  After each lap, the racers needed to come into the pits to swap over drivers, before heading back out around the track. There were incredible over-take maneuverers throughout, risky corner cutting and some serious aesthetic damage done to the cars as our teams battled full out to take home the victory in each race. 

When the final Grand Prix came to a conclusion, it was clear that all our racers were spent, having left nothing more to give out on the track – a truly inspiring driving display from all! The final points from throughout the whole day were totted up and added to the final Racing Positions, and we were ready to announce our overall Soapbox Derby champions…!

In 3rd place (out of 3!) with a valiant effort with just 4 racers in the end, when to the Precision Racing Team. Second place was wrapped up by Diamond Force, meaning the mighty Soap & Glory took home the top prize and lifted the Team Challenge Company Winner’s Trophy aloft to huge cheers. A fantastic day of team building had been thoroughly enjoyed by the entire BWB Consulting team, and a big shout out and thank you must go to Liz and Natalie for their efforts in organising such a brilliant event. We really hope the photos bring back some great memories from the day, it has been a pleasure working with BWB Consulting, and we look forward to the big re-match next time!

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