The nation’s spectator track, Wakefield Park Raceway will play host to the Combined Schools Billy Cart Derby next Tuesday, 15 November.
Over the last few months, students from nine different schools around the Hume region have designed and constructed their own billy carts, and in next week’s event they will test their creations on a real racing circuit.
The event will consist of pre-event scrutineering, along with time trials on two separate courses: a straight downhill run followed by a more technical stage with a number of corners and obstacles to negotiate.
The schools involved in the Billy Cart Derby will be Tirranna Public School, Windellema Public School, Laggan Public School, Goulburn South Public School, Goulburn Public School, Breadalbane Public School, Goulburn High School, Mulwaree High School and Yass High School.
Wakefield Park Operations Manager Matt Baragwanath says the Billy Cart Derby presents the ideal opportunity to support the local community with a unique event.
“While Wakefield Park’s primary focus is motor-racing, it has other purposes as well,” Mr Baragwanath said.
“School students don’t often have the chance to do something like this, where they build their very own racing vehicle and then have the chance to use it on a purpose-built racing circuit, so this will make a lot of their dreams come true.
“A lot of time and effort has gone into the billy carts that will be competing on Tuesday and I’m expecting it to be a competitive event, but a lot of fun at the same time.
“It’s events like these which give our vehicle designers of the future a taste of the thrill of competition.
“We’re looking forward to the event being a great success and hopefully we can continue to work with schools in the region to do other similar events in the future.”
Tirranna Public School Principal Ross Copland has been one of the key organisers of the derby.
“The event has been designed as a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) project for the children in Public Schools in the Southern Tablelands that also encourages community engagement as well as being fun,” Mr Copland said.
“It is the first time the event has been co-ordinated among the public schools in the Southern Tablelands and it is great to be able to hold it at Wakefield Park.”
Participating students will arrive at the circuit from 9:00am, with scrutineering of the carts to follow.
Practice will be held from 10:00, followed by the start of the competitive timed runs at 11:00.