Thrills and spills on the billy cart track

11 January 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Thrills and spills on the billy cart track|

THERE were plenty of thrills and spills on the Claremont College track on 27 November, when hundreds of people enjoyed all the action of the Rotary Club of Claremont’s second annual Billy Cart Derby.

Families came out in force to enjoy a high- speed day of fun, with more than 350 people turning up to watch and compete as the Billy Cart Derby continued to build on the success of the inaugural event in 2021.

Entries flooded in from racers of all ages keen to test their homemade vehicles on the track, with great prizes up for grabs across the race categories.

Police were on-hand to recording the competitors’ speed on the course, while the Claremont Fire Brigade made a grand entrance with sirens blaring.

The Claremont Men’s Shed supplied four billy carts for young racers to borrow, and there was plenty to do off the track including face painting, train rides, barbecues, coffee vans and cupcake stalls, a book sale and a chocolate wheel.

Entry was free for spectators, with funds raised to be put back into the local community.

The Hobart, Sandy Bay and Launceston West Rotary Clubs also used the event to showcase some of the projects Rotary is involved in both locally and globally, including Polio Plus (eradicating polio worldwide), Water Bores in Tanzania (providing communities with fresh water), Food Plant Solutions (focusing on malnutrition and food security in foreign countries), and a project supporting Tasmanian women living with gynecological cancers.

Organisers thanked the many sponsors and volunteers who helped make the day such a success, and are already planning to make the next Billy Cart Derby even bigger and better.

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