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AGE DIVISIONS

PARENT & CHILD (CHILD 7 YEARS & UNDER – PARENT 101 YEARS & UNDER)

What a great way for Mum or Dad to relive their childhood while showing your children how much fun can be had building and creating together. This is a fantastic opportunity to bond with your children designing, building and racing a billycart for two. For example Pink Barbie car with a unicorn bonnet or a jet propelled flying saucer car!

JUNIOR (CHILDREN 6 TO 9 YEARS OLD)

A great category for those budding Engineers, Carpenters, Fabricators, Physicists and of course daredevils 6 to 9 years old to get out on the track and have a go.  This age group is usually full of confidence and no fear.

INTERMEDIATE (10 – 15 YEARS OLD)

Now we are getting into some serious construction.  This is the age group that are inquisitive of how things work and love to pull things apart to see how they work, often leaving your best tools out in the elements or for your tools to just simply disappear.

SENIOR (16+ YEARS OLD)

Now we mix it up and we expect will be the days most competitive. We expect this category to produce not only fast but also some great looking and unique billycarts.  We can see all those that love to tinker in the shed sketching down ideas over a few lemonades and working out the wind velocity and skin friction relative to the speed!

CORPORATE TEAM (UNLIMITED)

This is the Grand Finale for the day and will be the crème de la crème of Karratha/Dampier businesses fighting for the Corporate Cup and obvious bragging rights forever more.  This is a great opportunity for businesses to display engineering skills and represent businesses within the community and a great chance for employees to work on something out of the norm.

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DRIVER/PASSENGER REQUIREMENTS

SEATING & SAFETY

In all divisions the driver and passengers must be seated, such that all times the feet are forward of head. Australian Standard bicycle helmet as a minimum must be worn at all times with chin strap secured around chin.  Long sleeves and long trousers with enclosed shoes are compulsory.  It is also recommended that eye protection, elbow and knee guards to be worn.  Parents can opt for wrapping their children in bubble wrap but this may hinder steering and braking abilities.

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BILLYCART CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

In all divisions the driver and passengers must be seated, such that all times the feet are forward of head. Australian Standard bicycle helmet as a minimum must be worn at all times with chin strap secured around chin.  Long sleeves and long trousers with enclosed shoes are compulsory.

Firstly, for the divisions of Parent & Child, Juniors and Intermediates, this is about spending time with the kids and having a fun time doing so.  It doesn’t matter if you throw a few bits of wood and four wheels and paint it bright pink (as long as it is safe and to specs). It’s about the kids having fun and remembering the good times spent building, racing, and of course painting/decorating.

Secondly, for the other divisions, it is a community event and it is meant to be fun and inclusive.  If you think you will have flash backs of burning down the tarmac and bumping other people out of the way Mad Max style and win at all costs this event isn’t for you.  If you are fair and in it for fun and a challenge, this event is for you.

The race start is on a starting ramp.  The ramp is designed to suit most carts and it is important that the following sizes be used when building your billycart.  All carts will undergo a safety check and scrutiny after registration on Sunday morning before being eligible to race.  Younger drivers can elect to start from the base of the ramps if they wish.

There are few scrutineering requirements that are mandatory for safety that apply for all divisions:

  • Braking must be functional and secure. Brakes must be used to stop after crossing the finish line.
  • No less than 3 wheels
  • One driver only (Excluding Parent & Child: Corporate Cup Divisions)
  • Secured seating
  • No dangerous protrusions that may cause harm in the event of a collision.
  • Steering wheel/bar with shaft and connected steering rods is permitted for all ages or simple rope to front axle steering must use BOTH feet and hand rope to steer
  • MAX EFFECTIVE LENGTH: Not to exceed 2000mm from absolute front of cart to centre of rear axle.
  • MAX LENGTH OVERALL: 2200mm Overall (Excluding Corporate Cup)
  • MAX WIDTH: 1000mm -  outside of wheel to outside of wheel ( Excluding Corporate Cup)
  • MAX WHEEL DIAMETER: 700mm
  • MINMUM GROUND CLEARANCE: Recommended 75mm to allow for clearance of the start ramp. Please note that smaller wheels and therefore less ground clearance may not have the clearance for the start ramp and may need to begin at the base of the ramp.
PARENT & CHILD SPECIFICATIONS
  • DRIVER/PASSENGER: 2 persons (Parent & Child). Can be seated either side by side or directly behind
  • BRAKING: It is recommended that the Parent control braking
CORPORATE CUP
  • DRIVER/PASSENGERS: MAX 4 persons inclusive of driver
  • MAX WEIGHT: Unlimited but must ensure braking system is effective
  • MAX EFFECTIVE LENGTH: No to exceed 3000mm from absolute front of cart to centre of axle
  • MAX LENGTH OVERALL: 3500mm
  • MAX WIDTH: 2000mm

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ENTRY FEES

The Dampier Billy Cart Derby is a sub committee of the Dampier Community Association and as such is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers. All entry fees and sponsorship will go toward covering event costs with any left over funds put back into the community.

  • Parent & Child (Child 7 years and under; Parent 101 years and under)  |  $25 per entry
  • Junior (Children 6 years to 9 years old)  |  $25 per entry
  • Intermediate (10 years to 15 years old)  |  $25 per entry
  • Senior (16 years and over) | $25 per entry
  • Corporate Team (Unlimited)  |  $100 per entry

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STAGING AND REGISTRATIONS

Registrations open on the 9th July 2017 at 9am with limited entries so get your entries in quick to secure a spot. Entries close two weeks prior to the event at 5pm on the 25th August or unless sold out.

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SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship is being sought. If you are interested in being a sponsor please email us at billycartderby@dampier.org.au

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