Fast‘n’fu­ri­ous run­ners

Trol­leys off to hur­tle down hill

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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.

PHOTO/WAR­REN BUCK­LAND.

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.

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