Since Michael Schumacker wins all the Formula One Grand Prix, it was neccessary for the British to invent their own racing event: the Pedal Car Grand Prix. It takes place every two years (next one 2006) but there are plans to make it annual. And it takes place in the main streets of Ringwood in Hampshire.
It is a fun event but there's also a serious side to it. These pedal cars have to sustain two hours of racing so test man and machine to the full. They demonstrate that there is an alternative to the car if you want a cheap, environmentally-friendly and fun way to get from A to B.
The Grand Prix itself is organised by Cliff Polton, md of Royce UK Ltd, New Milton, and his team of enthusiasts. And it takes nearly a year to organise the event so as soon as one is finished they are thinking about the next. The event also forms part of the Ringwood Festival so there's plenty to see and do during the weekend. But the race itself takes place on the Sunday and the 2004 race included such teams as Roger and the Rat Pack, Spirit of Verwood, Fagan's Rocket and The Four Pedlars of the Apocalypse. There's a chicane, pit stops, cheering crowds, a chequer flag and all you would expect at a grand prix. The 2004 winner was Royce UK.