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.

Rouse Hill Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lawrence Machado

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.

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Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Amelia Bar­ber, Alec Sheaves, Tzara Sheaves and Abi­gail Bar­ber prac­tis­ing for the Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby.

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Steve Elliott su­per­vises Amelia and Abi­gail Bar­ber as­sem­ble a billy cart.

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