Oscar O’Connor, a student at the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, prepares for Sunday’s Bangalow Billycart Derby as his schoolmates test some of the spare billycarts made by his dad, Lance. Jay Cronan
Oscar O’Connor, a student at the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, prepares for Sunday’s Bangalow Billycart Derby as his schoolmates test some of the spare billycarts made by his dad, Lance. Jay Cronan

Billycart veterans gear up

BILLYCARTS of all sizes, shapes and colours, with drivers of all ages, areinvited to register for the Bangalow Billycart Derby on Sunday.

Byron Bay man Lance O’Connor and his five-year-old son, Oscar, will be gearing up for the derby this week for the second year in a row.

Mr O’Connor has been encouraging some of his son’s classmates at the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School to get involved in the event in the hope of taking out the fastest time for a school entrant and donating the prizemoney back to the school.

“We are trying to win $1000 for the school’s kindergarten by having one of the kids win the fastest school billycart, and also raise money for Camp Quality,” Mr O’Connor said.

“We just want to help the school out a little bit so they can use the money where they need it, maybe for the playground or to fix up the pond.

“Basically we want to encourageparents to contact me and book in a billycart for the event. I have a few spare and the fee will go towardsfundraising for Camp Quality.”

Mr O’Connor first got involved with Camp Quality after his son was diagnosed with leukaemia three years ago.

Since then Oscar and his rainbow-coloured billycart, with its own personalised number plates, have been tearing around billycart tracks.

Mr O’Connor, who is a shipwright by trade, has built five billycarts from scratch for the derby with donatedmaterials and old wheelchair wheels.

“The billycarts are big enough so a parent can double with their child and ride with them,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Last year we had a few second places and a fastest time, so we are hoping for something like that again.”

There will be plenty of categories to race in on Sunday, with mothers, a schools challenge, novelty and tag team events open for participation.

Registration for the event opens at 7am on Sunday on the main street of Bangalow and the junior billycart heats start at 9am.

Anyone interested in using one of Mr O’Connor’s billycarts, or wanting to make a donation to Camp Quality, can call 0418 400 080.



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