TOP GEAR: Eventual heat winners Warwick and Aquila Porter (blue helmets) Cline up in a parent and child race during the annual Bangalow Billycart Derby yesterday.
TOP GEAR: Eventual heat winners Warwick and Aquila Porter (blue helmets) Cline up in a parent and child race during the annual Bangalow Billycart Derby yesterday. Ross Kendall

Winners cart home some special derby awards

THERE were plenty of thrills, spills and fun as the Bangalow Billycart Derby once again delivered a great day for competitors and spectators.

It was the “best day of the year for Bangalow”, resident Kate Dodd said, as she was preparing to race in a homemade cart called Donut Express with her daughter Molly Dodd.

The Dodds are regulars at derby days and give the cart a new paint every year.

Mrs Dodd said other family members had won in the cart earlier in the day.

Other billycarters were less prepared but still excited by the thrill of the race.

Phoebe Robb and her daughter Marlow got a last-minute call-up to compete after other team members dropped out.

“We have had some training on a grassy hill,” Ms Robb said.

Event organiser Tony Heeson said yesterday’s event had attracted 260 competitors, the best number yet.

The fact that the races were open to everyone was part of their strength as a great family day out, he said.

“You only have to look at today, it is always a good day for Bangalow. It is so inclusive of everyone ... you don’t have to be rich and famous, everybody can get involved,” he said.

The day included a full card for the children in the morning before adults took to the racecourse, the main street of Bangalow, in the afternoon.

The organisation and support of the Bangalow Lions Club helped ensure the event’s success, Mr Heeson said.

Any funds raised through the day go back into the local community.



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