Thousands of spectators lined Astoria Road Hill for the 2018 Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race in aid of the RNLI.

Bundoran RNLI's Shane Smyth and Cormac McGurren present the perpetual cup to Kenny Ward of Ward Automation following the event.

Some of the Support for the drivers in Bundoran

A hot day in an already packed Bundoran over the Bank Holiday weekend ensured a great atmosphere for the competitors who enjoyed plenty of spills much to the delight of the audience.

The men from OK Cabs who took part in the Soapbox Derby, Aaron Keeney, Barry Keeney, Niall McGowan, Daniel McGloin, Francis 'Ogie' O Kelly, Adrian Mullarkey and Darren Gillespie.

The first race was started by the new Miss Donegal Sophie Devlin from Letterkenny.

Miss Donegal Sophie Devlin pictured with Dave Juke from iRadio at the Soapbox Derby.

Plenty of colour at the RNLI Soapbox Derby in Bundoran on Sunday. (Photos: Philip Mulligan)

Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth who hosted the event said ‘we had our fingers crossed for the weather for the past few weeks and we were not let down on the day.

Members of the Sligo branch of the Order of Malta, based in Donegal who were on hand to look after any casualties on the day. Brian Mc Hugh, Kyle Wiltshire, Liam Cooney, Beverley Cooney, Annamarie Murray and Claire Masterson.

The soapbox is always a great event for the town and a huge fundraiser for the volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat. We would like to thank everyone who made this possible - the volunteer crew, the ball sellers, the street collectors, DJ Dave Duke, Carty Contractors, Donegal County Council, all those who entered soapboxes and anyone else who ensured the event ran as smoothly as it did.’

Cormac Mc Gurrin, Dessie Gallagher, Aaron Maguire, JJ Doran and Dean Maguire at the races.

This young racing crew from GPM gave it their all at the races. Aaron Maguire, Matthew Currid, Sean O Reilly, Adam Mulhern, JJ Doran and Alex Currid.

Emer and Brendan McHugh with nieces Eloise and Isabella McHugh at the RNLI Soapbox Derby.

Enjoying the sunshine at the RNLI Soapbox Derby in Bundoran are Kenny and Elaine Ward with Shauna McEniff and Devin and Rohan Ward.

Event Director Cormac McGurren added ‘this is a huge fundraiser for the lifeboat crew and we would sincerely like to thank all of our supporters and donors on the day - we rely on fundraising events like this to keep the lifeboat station running and the boat serviced so that it can be available 24/7 in Donegal Bay.'

The soapbox race came down to a nail biting finish between local teams OK Cabs and Ward Automation with reigning champions Ward Automation emerging victorious for the second year running.

Getting a birds eye view at the RNLI Soapbox Derby in Bundoran.

There was also an exciting finish to the ball race with local man Michael Mulhern having the winning ball on the day.

Tracey Rogers with Michaela O Flaherty and OSCAR Rogers the Shih tzu dog at the RNLI Soapbox Derby in Bundoran.

The Higgins family, Ben, Georgia, Damian and Tara supporting the RNLI Soapbox Derby in Bundoran.

The guys from the RNLI who did a great job on the day. Killian O Kelly, Shane Smyth, Tony Hiney and Tim Doran.

The racing crew from The Kickin Donkey pose for a pic for The Post. Brian Fitzpatrick, Colin Harrison, Eddie Harrison and Dave Summerville.

This young racing crew from GPM gave it their all at the races. Aaron Maguire, Matthew Currid, Sean O Reilly, Adam Mulhern, JJ Doran and Alex Currid.

Pictured in sunny Bundoran, Annmarie O Keefe, Mark Vaughan and Kathy O Kelly.

The Gallagher trio of Pauline, Raymond and little Ruhan Gallagher at the RNLI Soapbox Derby in Bundoran.

Collecting donations for the Bundoran RNLI are Denise Connolly and Lorna Patton.

From Bundoran supporting the RNLI Soapbox Derby in Bundoran on Sunday are Xujuan He Lee with Grace and Dave He Lee.

Bundoran ladies at the RNLI Soapbox, Derby Jackie Mc Elhinney, Edel Gavigan and Sasha Mc Kee.

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