THE 2015 Bangalow Billycart Derby attracted 262 drivers as well as hundreds of spectators - ensuring the event was a celebration of community and design diversity.

The weather put only a slight dampener on the day.

From the most basic box-style carts to hyper-aerodynamic models with high levels of mechanical engineering, there was plenty of competition at this year's derby.

Father and son team Warwick and Aquila Porter went for a five-wheel model that had the advantage of balancing on just three wheels at top speed.

UKI TEAM: Nyrah, Sarah, Frankie and Jonti Beale, ready to go at the Billycart Derby.
UKI TEAM: Nyrah, Sarah, Frankie and Jonti Beale, ready to go at the Billycart Derby. Mireille Merlet

The design earned them a second place in their class, Mr Porter said.

The Beale family from Uki had to give up their home-made billycart after it was disqualified for not having a brake. In the end they were very thankful to a local volunteer who shared his billycart with the family of four.

The Beale boys quickly adapted to the characteristics of The Force, as the billycart was called, and took out second place in the traditional 8-11-year-old category.

"We have had a great day, Ms Beale said. "The boys are eagerly awaiting the prize ceremony.

"It is a wettish track but there haven't been many accidents at all. Just a couple of rollovers," she said.



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