Grylls ready to rumble
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 email@example.com.
The Marble Bar Billy Cart Grand Prix, Jerk Off and Start of Muster Party will run from 10am on Saturday, April 16.
Pilbara MP Brendon Grylls in his race vehicle.