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The Trophée des Petits Patelins (Small Villages Trophy) is a soap-box trophy regrouping soap-box races results from 12 communities in the Belgian Ardennes. Results are collected into a yearly trophy. In 2008, 12 villages are organising a race taking part to the Trophy. The soap-box races are also often call speed down races. Vehicles are engine-less and get their speed from doing down hill (taking advantage of the gravitation force). Typical slopes are typically 1Km (0.6 mile) long and altitude difference is 100metre (300 feet). Races are organized on Sundays during spring and summer seasons. Participants are aged from 7 to 77 years and are grouped into 4 categories: Youngsters; aged below 12 year old, Juniors; aged between 12 and 16, Seniors; aged 16 and more. A special category for kids and adults aged 14 and up is reserved for vehicles with 2 persons: A driver and a conveyor. These are called “biplace”. Soap-Box races are a fun activity for families. Access to the slope is generally free of charge. Food and drink are available nearby the track. Trials are starting around 10.30AM. Races are starting around 2PM to finish around 5.30PM. By browsing through this site, you will be able to see the nice engines that are participating to the trophy. By coming to see us, you will feel the noise, the burning rubber and the popular friendship of local folks. Races are located close to the town of Spa, Stavelot and Malmedy, easily accessible from the E25 or E42 highways. A soapbox "award evening" is organised every year during in November.
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