On your marks: the Hills Billy Cart Fes­ti­val is about to hit the streets

Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Brookes

IN­SPIRED by her daugh­ter’s favourite movie, Park­erville res­i­dent Yvonne Blyth is busy cre­at­ing a replica mini Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the inau­gu­ral Hills Billy Cart Fes­ti­val in Mt He­lena next month.

Mrs Blyth said she had fond mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in the ‘80s and build­ing billy carts with the kids on her street.

“As a kid I loved get­ting into my dad’s tool box and from a young age I knew I wanted to work on cars,” she said.

“As soon as I could af­ford a car I bought an HR Holden when I was 17 and started tin­ker­ing around on that. I couldn’t get a me­chan­i­cal ap­pren­tice­ship but I did get one work­ing in ve­hi­cle up­hol­stery.

“I now run Hills Trim and Up­hol­stery and do up vin­tage cars in my spare time.”

Mrs Blyth said her Chitty Chitty Bang Bang billy cart was built on a shoe­string bud­get us­ing items in her yard.

“I have a yard full of items I’ve been col­lect­ing for the past 13 years for projects, in­clud­ing a dozen bikes I had planned to weld to­gether for a gar­den art struc­ture,” she said.

“The Billy Cart Fes­ti­val in­spired me to put all my bits and pieces to­gether to cre­ate some­thing with al­most noth­ing to spend.

“It’s also a fab­u­lous op­por­tu­nity to be a big kid again and share the build with my daugh­ter.”

Event di­rec­tor John Bell said the idea for the Fes­ti­val was born at a Mt He­lena Res­i­dents’ and Ratepay­ers’ Group meet­ing and he hoped the event would be­come an an­nual event.

“The fea­ture of this event is a race of billy carts down the main street sup­ported by a host of vin­tage themed at­trac­tions,” he said.

The Hills Billy Cart Fes­ti­val is on Oc­to­ber 28.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486497

Yvonne Blyth with her daugh­ter Pene­lope and the Itty Bitty Chitty.

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