Four men, including one from Burton, are gearing up for the national Red Bull Soapbox race which takes place this weekend on Sunday, July 9.

The soon-to-be race cart drivers have spent the last two months constructing their spectacular soapbox, which is in the shape of a birthday cake.

The Red Bull Soapbox Race is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade soapbox vehicles.

The winning team is judged on the time they take to complete the course, as well as creativity of their design and the showmanship of their performance.

Moose Baxter, Kenny Mckinnon and Kane Sinclair named their team “Birthday Party” in honour of the 50th birthday of their pilot, Alan Bayley, which falls on the same day as the anticipated downhill race.

To stand out from the rest of the applicants, with the help of Helen’s Bakehouse and Tea Rooms, in Burton, the team ordered a cake – in the same design as their soapbox – and travelled to London to deliver the sweet treat to Red Bull's headquarters after applications closed.

The soapbox, which took two months to make, is constructed from a lawnmower, polystyrene and BMX wheels
The soapbox, which took two months to make, is constructed from a lawnmower, polystyrene and BMX wheels
The delicious temptation proved successful, and for the last two months, the crew have been adding the final touches to their wagon, which was created using an old lawnmower from eBay, BMX bike wheels and pieces of polystyrene.

According to team member Moose, entering a soapbox into the race is tough because there is stiff competition, and they never thought they would get the chance to compete.

The cake was created by Helen's Bakehouse & Tearoom, Burton
The cake was created by Helen's Bakehouse & Tearoom, Burton

“We were terrified when we found out we got a place and realised we actually had to put time and effort into getting the soapbox made,” the 32-year-old said.

“More than four and a half thousand people entered for 75 places in the race; we never thought we had a chance.”

Although the soapbox has been kept at Moose’s house in Burton, the rest of the team had been travelling down from Glasgow to help him construct the unique motor.

The foursome had talked about entering the renowned race for years, but it was only until the upcoming birthday of Alan Bayley that Moose, who is the manager of an orthopaedic clinic, decided to do something about it.

Mr Baxter said: “It’s been his dream to enter – he’s spoken about it for years. It’s one of those bucket list things, isn’t it?

"And certainly for Alan, I think more than anything it was for the rest of the team to help him achieve his big bucket list item. He’s such a good friend to us and we wanted to help him get a place in the race."

The Red Bull Soapbox Race 2017 is due to take place in London on Sunday, July 9.

People who are unable to attend can watch the fun unfold on Dave from 5pm.

You can vote to support the team by following the link here.