Gravity Grand Prix

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The Gravity Grand Prix

This year's event

Sunday 1st September 2019


The Gravity Grand Prix is an annual fun and fund raising event that has taken place in the Village of Cookham Dean in Berkshire since 2007. It's a downhill race driven just by gravity, except for a short push at the start, and it has proved to be very, very popular amongst the 2,000 or so spectators who come to see it and experience the thrill and spectacle of the day.


So far we've had twelve fantastically successful years, during which we have been very proud to have raised well over £140,000 for our designated charity, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local causes. It's become a really fun afternoon that can be watched, free, by all the family whilst we do all sorts of things to raise money and create enjoyment. The amazing bonus is the ingenuity of the karts that have been built. They are something to behold, as you will see from the above slideshow and the video on the next page of this website.


This year's event will take place in Cookham Dean on Sunday 1st September and it will be our 13th successive year. If you are thinking of entering a kart, put your thoughts into action now by checking how you can do this on the Information Pack page of this website. We are certain that you will have a really fun time in building your kart and the thrill in taking part will lift your spirits. The atmosphere alone will make your skin tingle and being cheered on by more than 2,000 spectators will make all your efforts so worthwhile!


Last year another fantastic crowd turned out on what was a very pleasant September afternoon to see the 12th annual race and the spectacle of all the novelty karts taking part in The Gravity Grand Prix. Many facilities were also there to be enjoyed. These included the food stalls, our famous beer and wine tent, as well as the fare available from the local pubs along the Course. There was also the funfair attraction for the children. We were delighted that during the afternoon the generous crowd helped raise £13,000, bringing our total raised so far to over £140,000 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local causes.


The Results of the 2018 Gravity Grand Prix were:

Best Engineered Kart

1st prize John Player Car entered by John Goldsmith

2nd Project 9 entered by Ben Gascoigne

3rd Unsinkable II entered by Martyn Thomson


Best Novelty Kart

1st prize The Mystery Machine entered by Tim Ridley and Richard Bate

2nd Shopping Trolley entered by Nick Handley

3rd The Whale entered by Jon Savage


Fastest Time

1st prize Acceleramus 1.08 mins. entered by Richard Burton

2nd Project 9 1.15 mins. entered by Benjamin Gascoigne

3rd Vita Brevis 1.16 mins. entered by Andy Sturt

Note: 1.08 minutes is the new course record. Also note that the times after the 1st were very close as Martyn Thomson in 4th place had a time of 1.17 mins.

The main prize "The Spirit of the Event" was won by Madeleine's Dorset ET

and was entered by Dominic Cale


So that was last year. Now check the pages of this website to see what you can do this year to share in the action!