Soapbox derby brings out the daring and the daft

THEY came, they saw, and they crashed. The sun came out and so did the glorious dry sense of humour that is only found in Norn Iron.

Of course it was the Red Bull Soapbox Race at Stormont on Sunday, with every eejit in the country finding their way to Parliament Buildings.

One wag was overheard saying it was the first time he's seen any sense around the place.

Radio One DJ and former News Letter journalist Colin Murray was compere for the day and some of the items he was forced to deal with were, to say the least, unusual.

A north Antrim team of farmers in spandex and red bras were a striking sight – not pretty, but striking.

It took a while until the first big crash of the day, but boy, when it came it was a beaut!

Into the hay bales, three rolls and what looked like fatal turned out to be nothing more than injured pride and a loss to the balsa forests.

It's actually difficult to describe the quality of the lunacy on display - though for me the Daniel O'Donnel impersonator driving a tea trolley rocked my boat - anybody who has a go at the Kincasslagh crooner gets my vote every time.

The funny thing was I think he actually sang better than the real deal.

This is what summer is about – out in the sun, having fun, and enjoying the company of complete strangers and having a damn good belly laugh.

If you weren't there you should have been.

The overall winner of the day was the Ruddell Metals team.

However, not everyone enjoyed the manic racing at Stormont.

UUP leader Sir Reg Empey revealed he received several complaints about "chaotic parking" and noise at the derby.

The Employment Minister said: "Constituents in the Stormont area were brought into their gardens by the good weather which boosted the event.

"They were faced with distracting noise which could be heard for miles around."