Gravity Grand Prix 2021 - A Record Year

The Cherry Pickers of Cookham Dean were delighted to have been able to run the Gravity Grand Prix this year. Our thanks to all of our entrants, volunteers and local business for supporting the event.

Once again we have been able to provide a free family fun day out and by using local businesses for food and refreshments we are supporting the local community.

Overall the day has directly raised nearly £21,000 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local good causes and has also created around £30,000 of food and drink trade for local businesses.

Chair of the organising team, Max Stevenson, said “A lot of people have given significant effort to get the 2021 event off the ground and we are very pleased with the result. We were blessed with fine weather and it was clear that local people were happy to be out and about again and supported us in large numbers. We look forward to planning next year’s event.”

2021 Winners

The Spirit of the Event [Main Prize]

Seagull Staycation entered by Jon Savage

The Peter Bartlett Memorial Award - Founders Trophy

Chuuga Booze entered by Kevin Brayne

Best Engineered Kart

Cookham Fire Brigade entered by Peter Hunter

Best Novelty Kart

School Crayon entered by Cookham Dean Primary School

Fastest Time

Acceleramus ( 1.10 mins.) entered by Richard Burton

Racing Starts At 1.30pm. Crowd Starts Arriving Around Midday

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 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 14 fantastically successful years, during which we have been very proud to have raised over £170,000 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 11th September 2022, it will be our 15th annual running , with only a gap in 2020 because of Covid-19. 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!

In 2021 a bumper crowd crowd turned out on what was a very pleasant September afternoon to see the 14th 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.

Now check the pages of this website to see what you can do this year to share in the action!

Slideshow Website