Flares and smoke will open this year’s Corowa Australian Billy Cart Championships as the race begins with a baby tank shipped down especially by the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka.
The Army Recruit Training Centre ran their own Billy-Cart derby late last year, with the winners awarded entrance fees, accommodation and meals for the weekend at Corowa’s most iconic event.
Army Competitor, Corporal Waller, of the Echo Company/Training Support Company, commented earlier this week that he thought the Corowa course would be a breeze compared to the army’s that he qualified on that had a sharp turn and a steep hill he had to manoeuvre.
The 2018 Corowa Australian Billy Cart Championships will be held in Sanger Street on Easter Saturday (March 31).
The all-ages event involves competitors racing down the main street in their home-made or professionally created designs.
Thrills, spills, short pants and scrapped knees are the order of the day.
The day also involves family entertainment, market stalls, music and festival fun.
Categories for this year’s event include juniors to 9 years and under; 10 to 13 years; 14 to 17 years; open class; 60 and over and the All Schools Team Challenge.
Last year in the 9 years and under category Koby Jones from Albury took the top spot, with Brook Newhan in second and Mitchell Minihan coming in third.
Other winners from last year include Corowa’s Isabella Walton who was crowned champion in the 10-13 year olds, followed by Wahgunyah’s Harry Storer and Corowa’s Matthew Colman placed third.
Lillian Walton pipped Kurt Sorenson to take out the 14 to 17 year old race last year, while open race champion was Graeme Smith, Russell Harrison runner-up and third place was Andrew Beltrame.
And last year’s All Schools Team Challenge winner was taken out by Victorian School, Hazel Glen College.
Entries for this year are now open.
Entry is $15 prior to race day or $20 on the day.
Competitors must adhere to the conditions of entry.
Download an entry form from www.australianbillycartchampions.com.au