Barry McGahon from Dunleer, County Louth wins the All Ireland Soap Box Derby in Bray, County Wicklow.

More commonly known in Ireland as go-karting the Soap Box Derbies have had a revival in the past few years. The 1986 National Soap Box Derby was held on the streets of Bray. A large crowd lined the route and enjoyed a thrilling display of skill and design as the go-karts hurtled past.

Some of the 16 child participants shared their experiences of building their soap boxes and taking part in the race. 

Organiser Pat Roche from Dunleer, County Louth outlined the strict rules surrounding building a soap box and entering the competition. 

The Soap Box is made to a specific rule book.

The winner of the 1986 Bisto Kids All Ireland Soapbox Derby was Barry McGahon from Dunleer. The prize is an entry into the All-American Soapbox Derby World Championships and a large trophy and a laurel wreath. The runner up in the Bray Final was Gerard Murray from County Cork.


Barry McGahon winner of the All Ireland Soap Box Derby in Bray (1986)

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 August 1986.