Douglas Young (front) and Jason Duley compete in 2005. Below is Douglas Young’s billycart derby trophy.
Douglas Young (front) and Jason Duley compete in 2005. Below is Douglas Young’s billycart derby trophy. The Northern Star Archives

Derby’s trophy u-turn

BANGALOW Lions Billy Cart Derby organisers have decided to steer their quirky trophies in a different direction this year.

They have parted company with Fernleigh's Douglas Young, of Young at Art, who for 18 years has provided whimsical ceramic trophies to the race winners.

Trophys for the winners of the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star
Trophys for the winners of the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star Jay Cronan

This year, the 19th of the popular community event, organisers have turned to Newrybar's Tom Hogan, who will hand-craft unique timber awards. Mr Young said he was disappointed and saddened to be no longer associated with the event. But organiser Tony Heeson said they had decided it was time for a fresh approach.

Engineering company Baulderstone has been announced as the major sponsor. The company, which is building the $530 million Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade, has a huge base just outside the town.

Project director Vince Newton said not only would they be financially backing the event, but his employees would also be serving as volunteers on the day, helping to set up safety barriers and keep spectators safe.

Mr Heeson said the main focus of the day was not speed but family fun for participants and spectators.

"The Billycart Derby is a wonderful example of a community event because there are no barriers to entry," he said.

"The grand parade is a highlight, taking place at 12.30pm and featuring local bands, vintage cars, schools, local clubs, scouts and celebrities.

The event was launched in 1994 in an attempt to attract publicity after Bangalow was bypassed.

Derby details

  • The derby will be held on Sunday, May 19.
  • Drivers aged five-years and up can enter one of nine categories that range from 'traditional homegrown' to 'novelty class special-type car'.
  • Click here for full rules, cart classification, race schedule, registration forms and entry fees.

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