The Rotary Club of Carindale has presented the Brisbane Billycart Championships for 14 years. The Billycart Championships are held on a grass track, where kids of all ages (including adults) are invited to make and race their own billycart. Registration is easy, and costs only $10 per person.
This year the championships are held on the 8th of September, 2019. Registration and scrutineering will open at 7:00am.
The Brisbane Billycart Championships are run alongside the Green Heart Fair at the Carindale Recreation Reserve in Carindale. Admission to the Green Heart Fair is FREE and there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained before and after racing your billycart.
If you can’t build your own billycart, don’t worry, you may borrow one of our 20 loan carts AT NO CHARGE!
We race two different types of carts at the Brisbane Billycart Championships. The Traditional Billycart, which has the classic rope steering billycart, and the Hi-Tech Billycart with mechanical steering, and larger wheels. If you wish to build your own billycart THERE IS A STRICT SCRUTINEERING PROCESS that takes place to ensure the races are fair for everyone on the day. Make sure you read up on our Billycart Specifications before you start building. If you’re having trouble designing your cart we have a guide to help you out.
Please be aware that there is a height restriction, for the safety of the driver, that applies for the Modified/Hi-Tech Carts. The drivers MUST be 120 centimetres, or taller. Our aluminium ramp system will launch carts down the hill, we expect carts to reach speeds up to 30km/h. While we have not had any serious injuries, helmets will be required by all participants on the day.
2019 Race Program
From 6am – Carts arrive at Drop Off zone
7:00am – Registrations open, followed by scrutiny.
7:30am – “Warm Up” – An opportunity to get a feel for the ramp and starting system. This is open to all ages.
8:30am – 6-8 years racing – Traditional carts then Modified/Hi-Tech carts. Medallions & Trophies presented.
9:45am – 9-12 years racing – Traditional carts then Modified/Hi-Tech carts. Medallions & Trophies presented.
11:00am – Political Mayhem. Local pollies decide who won the real election – on the race track!
11:10am – 4-5 years free run – Bottom of the ramp launches down the hill with unlimited runs. Still $10. No Medallions presented for this stage of program.
12:00pm – “Team” / School Event – Nev Fry Cup (New for 2019, read about the Nev Fry Cup below)
1:00pm – 13 years and over racing – Traditional carts then Modified/Hi-Tech carts. Medallions & Trophies presented.
1:30pm– Walk up racing. For those who would like to try racing a Hire Billycart. Cost is $5 which includes cart hire. No Medallions presented for this stage of program. Section open to morning competitors at no extra cost.
There are a few changes with 2019’s racing schedule. Our ramp is opening at 7:30am for warm ups where you will get an opportunity to get a feel for the ramp and starting system.
We’re now giving our youngest entrants a sleep in and they will now start at 11:10am, to experience driving a billycart. These young ones will be released by hand on the grass slope below the launch ramps, the hill. Their races will be non-competitive, just to experience the fun of driving a billycart.
Competitive racing will begin at 8:30am with the 6 to 8 year olds. View our race program above to find out approximately when your age bracket will race.
“Nev Fry Cup” – Team Races
New to 2019 is the “Nev Fry Cup”. Schools, clubs & corporate groups can all race each other and go head to head on our track. Teams will be made of 4 people, and will supply their own billycart for these races. Each team member will get a turn down the track in initial heats to score points and to decide ranking for the sudden death elimination final. To register as a team, it will cost $25 to enter, this will give you access to our warm up races at 7:30am, your races which start at 12pm and walk up races, starting at 1:30pm. Team registration opens soon!
Age groups for 2019 are:
- 4 and 5 years (non-competitive)
- 6 to 8 years
- 9 to 12 years
- 13 years to adults
Prizes will be awarded for:
- Winners and Runners Up in all Age and Cart categories
- Best Dressed Team (HINT: Dress up as a colourful race team)
- Most Imaginative Cart Design – the Clem Sturgess Trophy
- Winner of the Team Event – the Nev Fry Cup
There are plenty of ways to be involved in the Brisbane Billycart Championships! You can: