Bangalow Public School students (from left) Mabel Hall, 9, Angus Rowley, 10, and Riley Milsom, 9, are ready for the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby.
Bangalow Public School students (from left) Mabel Hall, 9, Angus Rowley, 10, and Riley Milsom, 9, are ready for the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Billycarts on track for start

WHEELS are being oiled, nuts and bolts tightened and test runs conducted under the cover of darkness as competitors gear up for the 18th annual Bangalow Billy Cart Derby on Sunday, May 20.

More than 240 billycarts are expected to tear down the main street of the historic village reaching speeds of up to 35kmh or crashing spectacularly into the 600 hay bales that line the race track.

Event organiser Tony Heeson said the derby attracted big crowds due to its inclusive nature.

"It showcases good old-fashioned fun regardless of age or social status," Mr Heeson said.

"Everyone can take part whether as individuals, families, workplaces or schools."

The winning P&C will take home $1500 in the popular school challenge, while trophies and bragging rights are up for grabs for the winners of the other divisions.

Police will man a speed gun throughout the races.

Register on the day at The Bangalow Hotel where the billycarts will be inspected to ensure they meet weight and safety specifications.

Racing rolls at 9am.

A grand parade will commence at 12.30pm featuring a pipe and samba band, vintage cars, schools, local clubs, Scouts and celebrities.

Volunteers, potential sponsors and those wanting more information can phone 0408 239 177 or visit www.bangalowbillycart.com.au.



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