The Whyalla Men’s Shed are already revving their engines for the steel city’s 2018 Billy Cart Derby, recently putting together a traditional billy cart to be used as part of a Christmas Pageant float.
Billy Cart Organising Committee member Jeremy Head said the group were very grateful for the donation, which allowed the Whyalla Tourism Focus Group to showcase the model design for a cart at the pageant.
“We really appreciate the time and effort that they put into this,” he said.
“The cart they put together is the base level billy cart. By this weekend we’re hoping to have all the specifications for the carts up on the Whyalla Tourism Group Facebook page.”
According to Mr Head many people around town are already interested in building their own cart, with a number of unique designs possible.
“As long as the carts meet the safety and spatial requirements, we don’t care what they look like. We want people to have as much fun as possible but also be as safe as possible,” he said.
The Billy Cart Derby will be held over Easter in conjunction with the uneARTh Festival, and Mr Head is expecting many from out of town to attend.
“We’ve got people from Port Augusta who are keen, so I think this will be a great way to raise Whyalla’s profile. For those interested in motorsport, this is a good way to do motorsport without an engine,” he said.
“Any groups interested in participating should get building, we’re also looking for some sponsorship to help run the event. If anyone’s keen on jumping on board, they should let us know.”
The race is being organised by the Whyalla Tourism Focus Group, and is set to be held on the main street in the Whyalla City Plaza.
The traders are hoping that the derby will help re-invigorate Whyalla’s city plaza precinct and bring more tourists into town.
Harvey Norman are also hoping to play a part in the race, using their premises as a pit stop for participants.
The race was inspired by the Dampier Billy Cart Derby, which has seen success in Western Australia. It’s also being supported by council.