WINNER: Emilio Swain, of Newrybar, punches the air after a winning performance at Bangalow Billycart Derby yesterday. Doug Eaton
WINNER: Emilio Swain, of Newrybar, punches the air after a winning performance at Bangalow Billycart Derby yesterday. Doug Eaton

Crowds flock to billycart derby

IT WAS a dramatic end to the inter-school challenge at yesterday’s Bangalow Billycart Derby.

Coming in on just two of four wheels, upside down and with his helmet scrapping along the ground, 11-year-old Emilio Jimenez-Swain, of Newrybar, said he always knew he would win.

“I won last year as well,” the Bangalow Public School student said.

Emilio said he was frightened when the billycart flipped, but thankfully he was unharmed.

The prize-winning cart was built by a friend, Phil, and its aerodynamic design, and possibly its colour, red, where the reasons it went so fast, Emilio said.

Sharing in the glory was Jarrod Middleton, 8, of McLeans Ridges who took out first place in the 8-11 years division.

Jarred, racing in a billycart made from an old washing machine with wheelchair wheels, said he had not expected to win.

“There wasn’t enough wind and the billycart has got wings,” he said.

His tip for competitors in next year’s race is the right side of the road is faster.

The mother’s division was taken out by Novocastrian Alison Cox.

Race starter Peta Heeson said it had been a great year.

“It was fantastic, the weather was good,” she said.

There were 250 starters at this year’s races, making it one of the biggest in its 15-year history.

Ms Heeson said the event also provided the town’s businesses with a boost.

“For many it’s the biggest day of the year,” she said.

The event raised money for the scouts, Bangalow Public School and the town’s annual Christmas Street Party.



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