DESIGN CREATIVITY AND TRUE GRIT AT BILLY KART DERBY
On a sunny hot day, the second running of the Monaro Billy Kart Derby at the Cooma Showground on Sunday 22 January was notable for a wide range of highly creative cart designs, hot times and close competition in all classes; also for the true grit of a young competitor who kept on getting back onto her cart after a series of crashes into the hay bales.
The Cooma Police were at the event with their radar gun and clocked Tom Brown at 42 km/hour in the Cooma Rural Fire Brigade kart which was the fastest speed for the day. While Elyssa Gould did not win the 5-8 years Classic Kart competition, she won the admiration of everyone at the event by pluckily climbing back on to her rope steered cart after a series of crashes and ‘soldiering on’ to complete all her 4 runs down the Cooma Showgrounds track.
Organisers Tony Nassar and Kurt Wassink were very pleased with this second running of the Kart Derby, and in his presentation speech Tony Nassar expressed thanks to the event sponsors – Cooma Car Club, Cooma Rural Fire Brigade, High Country Automotive Group and Snowy Monaro Regional Council. Tony also expressed a special thankyou to David Baron who provided the safety hay bales and donated some of the bales to The Community Chest. Mr Nassar thanked the Cooma Car Club members who volunteered for the day as race officials, and recorded a special mention to David Thompson from Wambion and David Gray from Queanbeyan who brought their hot rod and Chevrolet Corvette replica carts to the event and competed in the Novelty Class.
Pictured left with organiser Tony Nassar is 9-14 years class winner Deana Hedger and her trophy.
As well as age group Classes, the carts themselves were also classified as being “Traditional’ – being made from wood with rope steering, ‘Modern’ or ’Novelty’. Out of a total 34 competitors, the Class place getters on the day were:
1st Jackson Lee best time 18.41s
2nd Lachlan Corbett best time 20.57s
3rd Max Ward best time 21.88s
1st Deana Hedger best time 17.81s
2nd Thomas Evans best time 18.08s
3rd Ethan Conley best time 18.21s
1st Simeon Truter best time 19.93s
2nd Kiana Swain best time 19.26s
3rd Logan Crawford best time 20.06s
1st Peter Heeley best time 17.76s
2nd Pierre Wall best time 18.13s
3rd Tristan Johnston best time 19.23s
1st Will Taylor best time 35.53s
1st Dave Thompson best time 17.71s
1st Daniel Nassar for Full On Constructions best time 18.06s
EMERGENCY SERVICES TROPHY
1st Tom Brown & Ben Morley for Cooma Rural Fire Brigade
FASTEST TIME OF THE DAY
Ben Morley best time 17.53s