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Red Bull Billy Cart Challenge - Sydney

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Go for it, you know you want to
The call is on now for entries into this wacky-wheeled race that's coming to Sydney, so let your imagination run wild and start designing that weird and wonderful billy cart you've always dreamed of. As long as it is non-motorised, it is in with a chance.

Applications are open until 17 July for those daring inventors and drivers to put forward their sketches. There's categories to compete in - creativity, speed and performance. So get your mates together and unleash your ingenuity, the wackier the better. Entry is free and you will be notified by 31 July as to whether or not you have been selected. Approximately, 50 teams will be chosen.

You then have until 14 November to build your design and on this date you'll need to be available in Sydney for your vehicle to be assessed. Race day is set for 15 November.

There are some rules to adhere to around safety, the build of your cart and the team –

* race participants must wear a helmet
* you must be able to easily escape your contraption and not be physically attached or enclosed in a cockpit
* costumes must not hamper visibility or pose risk of getting caught in wheels, etc.
* vehicle must be powered only by the force of gravity, have breaks and steering
* weight, height , length and width restrictions apply as per website
* your team needs to consist of 4 persons (incl. driver) 16 years and older with driver being 18 years and over
* one or two drivers allowed with rest of team helping to launch

Past races have been held across the globe, from Belgium (the first in 2000) to Jamaica and beyond. Interesting vehicles have included a giant baby carriage and a piano, so think outside the square.

This is going to be a fun and free event for both participants and spectators. The location is Centennial Park, a great spot not far from the city.

I, for one, can't wait for this event to come around. It brings back memories of my brother building a billy cart and crashing into the back fence and the clothesline. I'm sure there's going to be a few crashes and mishaps to laugh about in this wacky race with its obstacles and bends for daredevils to navigate.

Check out this Youtube video, of a past event, for some inspiration.

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Why? For that inner child in you
When: 10.30am
Where: Centennial Park
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Congratulations on second place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 1854 days ago
This looks like a lot of fun!
by Sara Ikmal (score: 2|457) 1869 days ago
How much fun would this be, as long as you didn't crash like one of the enties did. Ouch!
by Gary Brown (score: 2|496) 1855 days ago
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