Blast from the past: Tom Woolley, from Teven-Tintenbar Public School, in the lead during a heat of the Schools Challenge at a previous Bangalow Billycart Derby.
Blast from the past: Tom Woolley, from Teven-Tintenbar Public School, in the lead during a heat of the Schools Challenge at a previous Bangalow Billycart Derby. Brenden Allen

Bangalow Billycart Derby on again

THEY’VE had the Titanic, a coffin, a fish and even a fridge on wheels.

No matter what the shape or size, the Bangalow Billycart Derby has pretty much seen it all.

“The race was started in 1994 at the time of the bypass to promote the main street of town as the community was worried Bangalow might die,” event organiser Tony Heeson explained.

“Now Bangalow is busier than it’s ever been.”

Sunday, May 16, will again see a conglomeration of all things billycart lining up in the main street for one of Bangalow’s biggest community events of the year.

“We are looking forward to a fine day,” Mr Heeson said.

“In the 15 years we have been running the race we have never had a rainy day.”

The day starts with a ‘blessing of the carts’ by the local priest, who also wishes everyone the best of luck.

This is followed by the junior and school races, the mother’s race, tag-team, novelty and even a celebrity race.

“The schools’ race will be a good one,” Mr Heeson said.

“We have $1500 in prizemoney this year that will go to the winning school’s P&C association.”

Mr Heeson said there was even an entrant from Queensland in the professional cart’s race.

“He is the winner of the Queensland Billy Cart Championship,” he said.

“So this makes it a State of Origin race.”

Volunteers for the day are extremely welcome and can turn up to help with the hay bale unloading from 6am, entry and registration and cart inspection from 7am to 9am and a street clean-up at the end of the day.

“It’s just really great to see mums and dads and kids so proud to be in the races,” Mr Heeson said.

“The main thing is that everyone enjoys participating.”

To ensure the safety of participants all drivers must wear helmets and protective clothing.

Register on the day from 7am.



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