Trolleys off to hurtle down hill
Competitors pulled on helmets and lowered themselves into their seats before they sped down Pukeora Hill in their decorated trolleys at the weekend.
Only in its second year, The Fast’n’Furious Trolley Derby takes place at Pukeora Estate near Waipukurau and has had an impressive turnout.
The charity-based event is Hawke’s Bay’s longest and fastest gravity race, with a track of 1.3km challenging experienced and amateur drivers.
Competitors design and build their own trolleys to beat the clock.
The downhill run consists of four classes: 7-11 years, 12-15 years, 16 years and over, and a corporate F1 class.
Hundreds of spectators had the pleasure of watching trolleys designed as steam engines, muscle cars and rockets, zipping down the hill.
All proceeds from the derby go towards Epic Youth Ministries, along with other associated overseas-related missions.
The event is locally sponsored and is organised by volunteers from St Andrew’s Church and members of the wider Central Hawke’s Bay community.
Organiser Kevin Davidson said although the event is relatively new, it has proved popular and they are encouraging more people to get involved. Davidson says organisers work hard to make it a memorable family fun event.
The final event of Spring Fling is Soundz over the Lake at Backpaddock Lakes, Takapau on Saturday November 3. From 4pm until midnight Soundz over the Lake brings artists from all over Hawke’s Bay for a night of music, arts and dance. Hollie Smith will be performing. When the sun goes down a fireworks display lights up the sky.
Mitchell Thompson of Waipukurau pushes his trolley up onto the starting ramp at the Trolley Derby on Pukeora Hill, Waipukurau on Saturday — a Spring Fling CHB event.