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.