Waihi’s trol­ley derby thrills


A bit of wind, not much cloud and the rain stayed away mak­ing Satur­day a great day for the Go Waihi Trol­ley Derby.

Go Waihi co-or­di­na­tor Brian Gen­til said it was a good turn out which kept the Waihi Li­ons and Waihi Beach Dirt Track Club busy mar­shalling the trol­leys so they got as many goes down the hill as pos­si­ble.

‘‘It was a record year with around 47 trol­leys, from as far away as Auck­land to the north and Dunedin and Strat­ford to the south, a few of which had spills but they all got back on board and crossed the fin­ish line,’’ he said.

A cou­ple of trol­leys got dam­aged hit­ting hay bales and safety fences but all were fix­able.

A fa­ther and son from Waitakere, Auck­land brought down a soap box racer for a demo run.

The duo won the New Zealand soap box racer champs in 2015 and rep­re­sented the coun­try at the World Cham­pi­onships in Ohio and won.

Gen­til said there was a great mix of trol­leys and lots of prize win­ners.

‘‘The youngest was six years old and the old­est was a lady on her mo­bil­ity scooter, 81, with the old­est on a trol­ley was late 50s,’’ he said.

The emer­gency ser­vices chal­lenge was great fun with an over­turned po­lice car and the Eltham Fire Sta­tion team in their old school trol­ley com­plete with lad­der on top and a big loud horn.


Go the boys in blue, they give it a go every year much to the crowd’s plea­sure. More pho­tos on P9.

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