Success came home-made
By DAWN COHEN
NILA Poudal's timber billycart, knocked up the day before yesterday's Bangalow Billycart Derby, won him the five to six-year-old traditional cart heat.
"A friend of ours built it and we helped a little," said the Murwillumbah entrant.
"A man watching gave me $5 when I won.
"It was really cool."
When two carts crashed gently into hay bales in his 10-year-old brother, Kaneya's, race, the Poudal cart maintained stability and speed.
A relaxed crowd lined Bangalow's main street yesterday enjoying the annual event that has become part of the village's unique character.
Initiated by the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce in 1994, this year's event was co-ordinated by the Bangalow Rugby Club's Tony Heeson.
"On Saturday we beat Evans Head in a home game," said rugby player and event volunteer Greg Cromwell. "Today we were up at 4.30am setting up hay bales.
"Jan Barham has been great.
"When I pushed her up the hill for her practice run, she joked it's the only way she will ever get chauffeured."
Over 240 entrants, including the Byron Bay mayor, signed on ? about 40 more than last year.
More than 30 skateboarders entered the Australian National Giant Slalom Skateboard Championship events which were interspersed between the billycart heats.
Competition organiser, Steve Daddow said the event, focusing on speed while weaving between objects, was Australia's only legal skateboard competition.
The Gold Coast carpenter and stunt-man won the Skateboard World No. Three title in 2003.
Yesterday's event attracted competitors from all over Australia.
For 27-year-old Bangalow skateboarder, Ray Bleakley , the experience of racing down Main Street weaving around 50 coloured cones was 'sick'.
"It is a great rush," he said.