Grylls ready to rum­ble

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Pil­bara MP Bren­don Grylls hopes to add a new feat to his list of ca­reer achieve­ments with a win at the 2016 Mar­ble Bar Billy Cart Grand Prix.

Team Grylls will take to the track on April 16 in a cus­tom­made cart built by “Grandad Grylls” and Bren­don’s three sons, Thomas, Oliver and Jack.

Mr Grylls said his father had been work­ing around the clock to get the 1932 Ford Hot Rod-in­spired vin­tage cart, Billy T, fin­ished in time for the big race.

“Grandad Grylls is a fan­tas­tic bush me­chanic, bush elec­tri­cian, bush plumber, bush ar­chi­tect and bush de­signer,” he said.

“He’s built some­thing that is go­ing to be a fam­ily heir­loom as long as we don’t crash it too hard at Mar­ble Bar. Even though I man­aged to squeeze my­self in it for a pic­ture, I think it’s go­ing to be Grandad Grylls’ grand­sons who par­tic­i­pate in the Grand Prix.”

Mr Grylls said he was con­fi­dent his team would give reign­ing cham­pi­ons Yar­rie Sta­tion in Belle X-1 a run for their money.

“When I showed Annabel Cop­pin a pic­ture of the cart she was quite clearly con­cerned,” he said.

How­ever, Mr Grylls re­mained tight-lipped on his fam­ily’s prepa­ra­tions for the Billy Cart Grand Prix.

“I don’t want to give too much away,” he said.

Mr Grylls en­cour­aged res­i­dents around the Pil­bara to sup­port the event.

“It’s one of the priv­i­leges of be­ing a lo­cal MP to meet peo­ple like Annabel (Cop­pin) and Foxy (Thomas Fox),” he said.

“Not only can we have the ca­ma­raderie of work­ing to­gether … but also be­ing able to come to­gether and chal­lenge each other over who’s got the best billy cart.

“I’m hop­ing they con­tinue to build their event.”

Mar­ble Bar Com­mu­nity Re- source Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Kim Mackay en­cour­aged com­peti­tors to get their reg­is­tra­tions in be­fore Fri­day, April 15.

For more in­for­ma­tion on en­ter­ing a cart or spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­tact 9176 1375 or mbcrc1@big­pond.com.

The Mar­ble Bar Billy Cart Grand Prix, Jerk Off and Start of Muster Party will run from 10am on Satur­day, April 16.

Pic­ture: Bren­don Grylls

Pil­bara MP Bren­don Grylls in his race ve­hi­cle.

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