A Whitley Bay racer is celebrating after getting on his soapbox and winning a prestigious race.
Mark Wells teamed up with work colleagues at Xenophya Design – Ian Wride, Greg Seed and Roy Norton – to create Team Spit-Phya and compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race.
Cheered on by 20,000 spectators at Alexandra Palace in London, the quartet were celebrating after completing the 420m course in the fastest time, and impressing judges with their Phya-Bird soapbox.
Taking inspiration from land speed racer Donald Campbell, the four designed their own ‘Bluebird’ soapbox and beat the 69 other teams taking part.
Team captain Mark, 35, said: “The team has worked incredibly hard and we’re all amazed. Genuinely I’m just elated.
“We were inspired by the old Great British land speed record racers Donald Campbell and John Cobb and we just wanted to celebrate that.
“I am amazingly proud of this team.”
And among the prizes they won, the team will enjoy a tour of the Formula 1 Infiniti Red Bull Racing factory and get to show off their driving skills on a high-performance racing track.
Judge Gee Atherton said: “The winners were very impressive, the car was absolutely spot on.
“They had the style and they managed to put a bit of a show on for the crowd at the start. Definitely one of my favourites; and they managed to survive the track as well which is a bonus.”