Competitors in the Kyogle Billycart Bonanza wait for the signal as they line up at the start.
Competitors in the Kyogle Billycart Bonanza wait for the signal as they line up at the start. Mia Armitage

Families line up as billycarts ignite interest

"YOU'RE looking at the kid who will try anything on a billycart," said Flynn Curtis, 10, driver of The Beast at the Kyogle Billycart Bonanza on Sunday.

Around 1000 children and adults cheered in the sunshine as they lined the race track on a closed-off street in Kyogle for the third annual Kyogle Billycart Bonanza.

Staged on Father's Day, the event attracted many families and many of the billycarts were family projects, like The Bed - or was it called The Gravel Mover? Sibling team Nick and Victoria Reardon couldn't agree.

"This was the cart (my dad and uncle) pushed from Kyogle to Casino and back again some 20 years ago as a fundraiser," said Victoria, who was racing the vintage vehicle for the third year in a row.

Sally Alford, 14, came third in her first ever race driving Zippy, made by her older cousin.

Sally said she "got the death wobbles" as she neared the end of the race but soon gained control of both the cart and her nerves.

Caleb Clark, 14, won the Tag Team event as well as the Battle of the Businesses in a converted shopping trolley to represent his family business, Clark's Bus Lines.

Tag team entrants not only had to drive their carts down the hill but also push them back up before a teammate drove back down.

Sisters Kassie Izzard, 1,0 and Jasmin Izzard, 8, looked professional in matching red overalls made by their aunt.

Kassie listed some impressive racing wins to date and said she was "so confident I could go down Mount Everest".



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