It’s the largest billy cart derby in Australia and it holds greater meaning and significance than just competing for a prize.
With a history that goes back to 1940, the Port Kembla Billy Cart Derby has long been a favourite for those that race the four-wheeled packages of hopes, dreams and ambitions down historic Wentworth Street.
The Derby pulls together parents, grandparents, carers, children and the community to create an event that combines sportsmanship, co-operation and fair play.
Just ask local brothers Ian and Barry Prior. With an abundance of fond memories spanning decades, including a long family history of competing and cheering each other on, they simply described their time involved in the Billy Cart Derby as ‘the time of your life‘.
This year the Port Kembla Billy Cart Derby will create an Australian All-American National Championship which will allow Australia to now have a gravity racing champion representing Australia at Akron, Ohio to compete against other nations at the World Championships.
Avid supporters of the Derby, Ian recalls his time at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Acron Ohio.
“You were treated like royalty. They make kids feel 10 feet tall. It was a magic fortnight and the highlighted of my life“.
Ian and his team came 8th out of 60 international competitors. In a separate race in 1994, Ian and his team were placed 3rd in the world at Columbus Ohio.
With a passion for passing on the excitement and thrill of the race, Ian’s son Tony Prior won the Junior Special Section at the Port Kembla Derby in his cart Flying High in 1983 at the age of 15. It was only the third time Tony had raced in the cart.
Tony went on to win the Derby in the bicentennial year in 1988.
With a passion for billy cart racing, the Prior boys remain enthusiastic for the future of the Port Kembla Billy Cart Derby.
Keen to encourage a new generation of competitors, the brothers work eagerly on much-loved billy carts in their backyard and continue to support local kids to enter.
Reminiscing back to the days of using pram wheels and working a solid 12 months on a billy cart every day, the boys describe billy cart racing as a ‘challenge in a friendly competition‘.
Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime!
Everyone aged 7 and above are welcome to enter the race.
Registrations for the Port Kembla Billy Cart Derby close on 13 May 2017.
The Derby runs on Saturday, 27 May 2017 from 8:00am to 3:00pm along Wentworth Street, Port Kembla and includes nine divisions.
All American Soap Box Class
Division – AAA – All American Soap Box Case (7- 13 yrs)
Division – BBB – All American Soap Box Stock 9- 18 yrs)
Division – CCC – All American Soap Box Masters (10- 20 yrs)
Division – AA – Junior Spirfire (7- 10 yrs)
Division – BB – Junior Spirfire (11- 16 yrs)
Soap Box Class
Division – A – Junior (7- 10 yrs)
Division – B – Junior (11-16 yrs)
Division – C – Adult (17 yrs and over)
Super Cart Class
Division – D – Super Cart Junior Special (12 -16 yrs)
Division – F – Open Senior (17 yrs & over)
Division – G – Industrial & Commercial (17 yrs & over)
Weird & Wacky Class
Division – E – Weird & Wacky (12 yrs and over)