Freewheeling fun at SNSW camp

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A young racer makes his way down the course as spectators watch on from the shade. (Photo: Richard Herrod)

The 2019 South New South Wales (SNSW) Big Camp Billy Cart Derby was a roaring success.

Held on Sunday January 13 at the Adventist Alpine Village in Jindabyne (NSW), the Billy Cart Derby, which is held annually, offered entrants the opportunity to test their homemade machines against the clock and a series of sweeping turns and jumps. With cheering campers lining the downhill track, electronic sensors were set up to provide split-second, time trial data.

The Encyclospeedia II, shortly after losing a wheel. (Photo: Kent Kingston)

The youngest age category was 5–8, with older entrants commencing their run successively higher up the hill. The gold-rimmed Encyclospeedia II was the sole casualty of the competition—it lost a wheel halfway down the course, but its driver skilfully managed to maintain control and prevent a capsize.

Age group winners received a small prize, while prizes were also awarded for the most innovative and original design.