Jesse, trying the billycart in Bangalow as part of the on the road challenge YouTuber. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
Jesse, trying the billycart in Bangalow as part of the on the road challenge YouTuber. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

5 different ideas to make a billy cart

I’M sure many of us still carry the scars from a wild billycart ride in our misspent youth.

With the Bangalow Billycart Derby this weekend we decided to put together a list of the five best materials that could be used to make a billycart.

We realise it may be a bit late for this year’s derby, but there is always next year which leaves plenty of time for fine tuning and practicing so a trip down Byron Street will be bump and scrape free.

STONE AGE: The Hurford Hardwood billy cart that must have been loaned to them by Fred Flintstone.
STONE AGE: The Hurford Hardwood billy cart that must have been loaned to them by Fred Flintstone. Contributed

1. Peach boxes with mower wheels

Wooden boxes were always in abundant supply back in the day if you lived on an orchard/farm when billycarts were the main form of transport and damages for kids.

Mower wheels obviously helped to move the splintery body of the cart along, often at a much faster pace than a steering rope could handle.

2. Fruit box, fence palings, pram wheels, bit of baling twine and an old chair seat.

This is probably your deluxe model where you actually got something proper to sit on.

Again the baling twine was still your only form of steering, so scrapes and cuts were guaranteed, especially if the hill is steep and the driver loses their nerve.

READY TO SCREAM: The Oosterbeek family Lilly, 8, Abby, 7, Noah, 12, Daisy, 4 test out some billycarts.
READY TO SCREAM: The Oosterbeek family Lilly, 8, Abby, 7, Noah, 12, Daisy, 4 test out some billycarts. Samantha Elley

3. A skateboard, rope and a wooden crate that’s the length of the skateboard padded with a cushion

Modern in construction with the upgrade to a skateboard, but oh so luxurious with a padded cushion for the fussy-bottomed carter!

4. 3D printer

Yes, believe it or not, rumour has it the Bangalow Derby will include a billycart that’s just come straight off the printer. Keep an eye out for it.

LR- Olivia Chadwick, Dylan Kennedy, Riley Milsom, Remy Bisogni, Georgia Sproul, Harry Spiteri, getting ready for the  Mad Hatter's Derby Tea Party coinciding with the Lion's Club's annual Bangalow Billycart Derby.   Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star
LR- Olivia Chadwick, Dylan Kennedy, Riley Milsom, Remy Bisogni, Georgia Sproul, Harry Spiteri, getting ready for the Mad Hatter's Derby Tea Party coinciding with the Lion's Club's annual Bangalow Billycart Derby. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

5. Pretty much whatever you can find that will get your cart moving safely.

Check out whatever is in your garage, at the tip, in a neighbour’s yard (ask first) or just lying around the house.

Creativity is only limited by what your dad can build.



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