Wheels in motion for Billy Cart Derby

Wet weather may have drowned out the 2023 Rotary Club of Claremont Billy Cart Derby in November but a new date has been set and it’s pedal to the metal for the much-loved annual event.

The community is gearing up for some old-fashioned excitement when all the thrills and spills of the third annual Billy Cart Derby returns to Claremont College from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 14 April.

Inspired by the Red Bull Soapbox Race and the Dampier Billy Cart Derby, the event brings the community together, with a large number of racers of all ages set to test their homemade vehicles on the track.

With great prizes up for grabs across the race categories, competitors will have one practice run followed by the main category races timed by Tasmanian Police.

Families, businesses, schools and other teams are busy building and refining their billy carts for this year’s event with carts being upgraded from rope steering to steering wheels to improve safety of the participants.

More than 350 attendees enjoyed a high-speed day of fun in 2022, building on the success of the inaugural event in 2021.

Organisers hope the 2024 instalment will be even bigger and better thanks to the support of the local community and help from all the sponsors who have donated their financial support and valuable time.

There is plenty to do off the track with a Rotary BBQ, music, face painting, coffee van and slices.

The Claremont Fire Brigade with Peter Platypus and Wally the Wombat will entertain families and information tents will be included for those interested in learning what Rotary does in communities throughout the world.

Admission is free for all spectators and all funds raised to be put back into the local community.

For more information and entry forms visit the Claremont Billy Cart Derby’s Facebook page.

Phone Gaye Fernyhough on 0418 572 110 with any other queries.

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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