Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
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Billy cart championships to draw crowd of thousands

The sixth annual Lord Mayor’s Billycart Championships organised by the Rotary club of Carindale will take place this Sunday at the Carindale Recreation Reserve in Brisbane’s south.

The Championship is held as part of a scheme that aims to bring together the community through a day of not only races, but also stalls and activities.

Keen competitors include the members of Upper Mt Gravatt East’s Mirrabook Rover crew who will this year be entering the competition for a second time.

“Last year we won some great prizes for winning both the Best Dressed Team and Most Imaginative Billy cart sections, thanks to our bath tub billycart,” said Crew Leader Nathan Hinschen.

“We’re keeping this year’s billycart design a secret, but I can say that we’ll be sticking with the household goods theme.”

Organiser Neville Fry says that the championships have become much more than just a billycart derby.

“Last year the championship had 175 competitors and 7,000 people came along to watch. It gets more sophisticated each year. I would definitely consider it to be a festival with a billycart centre piece.”

There are eleven different categories riders can enter with all winners receiving prizes and trophies in the shape of billycarts, hand-made by students at Whites Hill College.

“The school also donates eight billycarts, so those without their own can still come along and race,” Neville says.

The day promises keen competition for those interested in the championships and live music and stalls for those looking for a family day out.

For more information visit www.brisbanebillycarts.com.au