FORGET smartphones and social media, it will be old-fashioned fun on the streets on Sunday when the Oak Flats Lions Club holds its first Oak Flats Billy Cart Derby.
With three junior categories as well as an open age one, more than 100 billy carts will race down Central Avenue on Sunday morning.
The idea for the derby came from a parents group at the Oak Flats Public School and the Lions club were eager to support it.
‘‘The Dads Committee at the school came up with the idea as a way to be involved in a project with their kids and it seemed like a good idea so we decided to support and help organise it, and it’s proved to be really popular and we’ve had great support with the Bendigo Bank coming on board to sponsor us,’’ George Richards from the Oak Flats Lions Club said.
While traditionally thrown together with whatever materials might have been laying around, strict cart specifications have been set down for the junior competitors.
‘The junior categories are split into four and classified on school years; Kindergarten - Year 1, Years 2 - 3 and Years 4 - 6 and we’ve set down some specifications regarding things like height, length and wheel size just to make things fair and keep the kids safe,’’ Mr Richards said.
‘‘With the open age category we’ve been a bit relaxed, we’ve only specified length, width and ground clearance and we’ve had a lot of interest and we’re hoping to get the emergency services and other clubs and those sort of groups to enter a cart.’’
In order to race, all carts were required to undergo a scrutinising session prior to the derby.
‘‘Just to make sure that all the carts meet the requirements and are safe they’ll be scrutinised, also our derby is just before the big Port Kembla one so by having them inspected people will be able to enter them in that as well if they want.’’
For all the information on race times for the derby, head to facebook.com/OakFlatsLionsBillyCartDerby.