Thrills, spills and action at this free community festival
Have you ever dreamt of being a racing driver? Do you consider yourself to be a handy designer, engineer or builder? Then now is the time to start building and practising for Brisbane's biggest billycart racing festival. The Brisbane Billycart Championships return for their ninth consecutive year, on Sunday August 18. Race day kicks off at Carindale Recreation Reserve with registration from 8am, activities throughout the day, concluding with final prize presentations at 3pm. This community festival promises to be fun for everyone with food, rides, stalls, entertainment and of course, racing.
Courtesy of Brisbane Billycart Festival Committee
Competitors from four years of age can enter in one of three billycart categories – traditional backyard, modified or novelty. There are also different age categories with the younger competitors racing earlier in the day and the older competitors racing in the afternoon. Races are held on the grassed slopes of the recreation reserve taking off from purpose built ramps. Prizes are on offer to all competitors for awards such as fastest billycart, best dressed team and best stack. Entry to the venue is free for all, but registration costs $5 per driver, which is donated to charity. Rotary, a major supporter of the Brisbane Billycart Championships has chosen Camp Quality as this year's recipient charity of proceeds raised. Full details about how to register, competition categories, and cart and driver specifications can be found on the event website.
Don't worry if you've never built a billycart before – event organisers have got you covered. Instructions on how to build your own billycart can be found on the event website. If you've left it too late to start building, then there is even the option to borrow a billycart for the day. Billycart racing isn't just for kids either – girls and boys of all ages, even adults, can compete on race day. It is rumoured that one of the competitors from last year will be turning 75 this year.
Spectators and support crew have not been forgotten as there is plenty of entertainment off the course too. Crowds are of course encouraged to cheer on the competitors, if they can tear themselves away from all of the other fun. Kids activities include face painting and rock wall climbing, while adults can enjoy visiting the variety of stalls and the licensed bar.
The Brisbane Billycart Championships provide a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to work together on a project and to support each other on race day. The festival atmosphere of the day adds to the excitement for both competitors and spectators. It only happens once a year so make sure that you get out and enjoy the winter sunshine at this great community event.