Park bench on wheels set to be raced in Old Dalby’s Downhill Dash

The Penelope Pitstop team of Claire Gilbey and Joy Harrison encounter technical problems at the Old Dalby Downhill Dash in 2014  PICTURE: Tim Williams EMN-150925-155352001
The Penelope Pitstop team of Claire Gilbey and Joy Harrison encounter technical problems at the Old Dalby Downhill Dash in 2014 PICTURE: Tim Williams EMN-150925-155352001
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Eccentricity will be the order of the day when people pilot shopping trollies, three-wheel trikes and even a park bench on wheels down a steep hill in Old Dalby next weekend.

The occasion is the sixth running of the Downhill Dash, with competitiors launching a series of unusual vehicles from the top of Longcliff Hill.

More than half a dozen enthusiasts have signed up with organisers, the Old Dalby Surf Club, to take part this year.

One of them is Geoff Gilbey, who will be racing against his boss from Melton firm Digital Deadline, Mark Brooks.

Geoff said: “We’ve both got special aluminium chassis to race on this year so it should be close between us.

“The villagers love it - it’s something different to do on a Saturday morning and we are expecting another good turnout.

“The vehicles can get up to speeds of 40mph because it is a one-in-three hill.

“Some would call us brave and others would call us stupid.”

The dash begins at 10am with competitors going at staggered intervals as a safety measure. Prizes will be handed out later on at the village’s Crown Inn.