Fam­ily fun

Dampier bil­ly­cart derby is back

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Monaco has the grand prix, Bathurst has the V8s, and Dampier has a billy cart derby.

Build­ing on the suc­cess of the first edi­tion in 2016, the sec­ond an­nual Dampier Billy Cart Race will hit the hill on Septem­ber 9.

Rac­ers roll down the hill in cat­e­gories such as ju­nior, in­ter­me­di­ate, seniors and par­ent and child events.

Event or­ga­nizer Alison Arm­strong said the race was be­ing hosted ear­lier this year to avoid the hot Novem­ber days.

“Ev­ery­one loved the com­mu­nity at­mos­phere, see­ing the dif­fer­ent cre­ations and the way the com­mu­nity ral­lied to­gether last year,” she said.

“We want our kids to grow up in the same kind of com­mu­nity we grew up in and what bet­ter way to em­body that than with a billy cart race like we did back in the day.”

Mrs Arm­strong said the event was seek­ing cor­po­rate spon­sors and this year or­gan­is­ers were also hope­ful of in­clud­ing a cor­po­rate cup, where busi­nesses can en­ter teams of up to four.

For the most part, how­ever, coor­gan­iser Brett Arm­strong said the race was about good old fash­ioned fam­ily fun.

“It’s not so much about be­ing the fastest, it’s about cre­ativ­ity and spend­ing time with your kids,” he said.

“In terms of tips I have for mak­ing a billy cart: go to the tip, get as many bikes as you can and start putting them to­gether.”

Mr Arm­strong said de­spite in­sur­ance trou­bles felling the Mar­ble Bar grand prix, the Dampier race’s cov­er­age was never in ques­tion.

The Dampier mar­kets will also be held on the oval the next day.

The City of Kar­ratha has ear­marked $12,000 to the race through the an­nual com­mu­nity grant scheme.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The Dampier billy cart derby will be back this year.

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