On the road to a fun day
There’s a sure way of a fast finish in the Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby – get a fast pusher. But that’s just one of the secrets to carting success.
BILLY cart racing may be a fun activity for families but there is a skill to making the best and fastest racer.
According to Steve Elliott, the chief scrutineer for the 6th Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby on April 22, making a race-worthy vehicle is not difficult but you have to make it properly.
“To put it together you need about $100 and you can do it in about three to four hours,” Mr Elliott said.
“Among the things you are going to need are timber, plywood, a frame to put underneath, axle, pumped up wheels and a rope for steering.
“You have to make sure the wheels are aligned and pointing downhill.”
Mr Elliott, who works at Bunnings Castle Hill, was roped in by derby founder Kerrie Sheaves from Men In Action to provide the expertise needed to run the annual event at Rouse Hill Town Centre.
A handyman, who has made his own carts for the derby, Mr Elliott said they have had entries made by the Men’s Sheds in Riverstone, Glenwood and Dural.
“These Men’s Shed guys enjoy making the carts and also have a lot of fun doing it,” Mr Elliott said.
“Before the start of the derby, the team and I have to check all the carts to see that the wheels are not coming off and no broken timber among other things.”
So what’s the secret to going the fastest on the day?
“You need a very good pusher to get the top speed,” he said. The first race of the Rouse Hill Billy Cart derby will be at Rouse Hill Town Centre on Saturday, April 22, at 10am and participants can bring their own carts or borrow one from organisers.
Amelia Barber, Alec Sheaves, Tzara Sheaves and Abigail Barber practising for the Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby.
Steve Elliott supervises Amelia and Abigail Barber assemble a billy cart.