The annual Bangalow Billy Cart Derby is on again this coming weekend and what a wonderful event this is! This year will see some big names lining up at the starting grid of this year’s derby, including Pete Murray, Tex Perkins, Mandy Nolan and Akmal, to name a few.
From children to adults and all walks of life this event is now in its 19th year and it just keeps getting bigger and better! It’s certainly a great example of a community event because there are no barriers to entry. 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. Don Page MP is a regular participant in the celebrity race and the oldest participant is claimed to be “Bangalow Bill” at 85 years of age. Cart categories range from traditional, home-grown, professional and novelty which once featured the amazing Titanic Billy Cart, complete with the Iceberg.
In 2013 it is hoped there will be more innovative designs with the only conditions being weight which must be under 75kgs, good steering and brakes are essential. Safety is paramount and thanks to local sponsors CRT Eden Country Stores, over 600 bales of hay are brought in to line the main street for safety reasons.
The main focus of the day is not the speed of the entries, but family fun for participants and spectators. The Grand Parade is a highlight, taking place at 12.30pm featuring local bands, vintage cars, schools, local clubs, scouts and celebrities.
Racing will start at 9am, so get your cart ready, with all participants marshalled from 7am. Full rules, cart classification, and race schedule can be found on the website – www.bangalowbillycart.com.au and registrations are on the day from 7am in the Bangalow Hotel.