RED ROCKET: Ollie McDonald, of Tintenbar, gets a flying start in his red and white billy cart at a past Bangalow Billy Cart Derby.
RED ROCKET: Ollie McDonald, of Tintenbar, gets a flying start in his red and white billy cart at a past Bangalow Billy Cart Derby. Doug Eaton

Time to dust off those billy carts and head to Bangalow

IT’S TIME to think outside the box in preparation for this year’s Billy Cart Derby down the main street of Bangalow on May 15.

“In 2016 we are looking forward to seeing more innovative designs, with the only conditions being weight which must be under 75kgs and good steering and brakes are essential,” organiser Tony Heeson said.

Mr Heeson has been involved for several years and said the derby was popular because it was inclusive.

“The Billy Cart Derby is a wonderful example of a community event because there are no barriers to entry,” he said.

“It showcases good, old-fashioned fun, regardless of age or social status. Everyone can take part whether as individuals, families, workplaces or schools.

“This year we expect many entries, showing the strength of the derby as it embraces an even wider reach in our thriving community.

“There are races for everyone – boys and girls from five years of age, through to ‘opens’ and celebrities.

“The Schools Challenge Race with a traditional design specification is being promoted this year, with all schools in the Northern Rivers invited to compete.”

Other billy cart categories include traditional, home-grown, professional and novelty, which once featured the amazing Titanic Billy Cart, complete with an iceberg.

“The main focus of the day is not the speed of the entries, but family fun for participants and spectators,” Mr Heeson said.

Racing starts at 9am, with all participants marshalled from 7am. Full rules, cart classification and race schedule can be found at www.bangalowbillycart.com. au and registrations are on the day from 7am in the Bangalow Hotel.

The grand parade starts at 12.30pm and will include local bands, vintage cars, schools, local clubs, Scouts and celebrities.



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