Billy carts blast off

And… they’re off! Angel-May, Darryn and Josh are heading down the slope. Pictures: JACOB HAYDEN

Lockyer Valley Billy Cart Association held its annual derby day on Sunday, 5 May, welcoming billy cart enthusiasts from across the region to put their skills and carts to the test.

Murphys Creek State School came out on top with first place in both the school decorate-a-cart competition and the school race.

On Saturday, 4 May, the association also hosted the Wounded Heroes Champion of the HIll Billy Cart Challenge, inviting Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Tanya Milligan to take on River 94.9 hosts Dave Cullen and Nicole Jonic to raise funds.

LVBCA president Alan Willson was happy with the results of the challenge.

“Of course the winner is our very own Mayor Tanya Milligan, as it should have been,” Willson said.

“I set the record as a test run, and she actually beat my time, her time was 23.41 seconds for the trip, so that’s the time everyone had to aim to beat.”

Wounded Heroes Australia president Martin Shaw was grateful to the LVBCA for its support.

“We’re a national charity that looks after defence members, veterans and their families in financial crisis and homelessness around Australia,” he said.

“Last year we looked after just under 3,000 veterans and families in financial crisis with food vouchers, fuel and emergency accommodation.

“With the support of River 94.9 and Alan it gives us an opportunity to create awareness out here in the Lockyer Valley.”

Event placing from 5 May are as follows:

Under 8: 1st – Lucy Sword, 2nd – Harry Wright, 3rd – Darius Sloan

Under 12: 1st – Angel-May Steffens, 2nd – Linc Morgan, 3rd – Dayne Nawratzki

Under 16: 1st – Johannes Jansen, 2nd – Aerion Watts, 3rd – Easton Carrall

Adult: 1st – Darryn Cutter, 2nd – Kody Talbot, 3rd – Tiara Oktavia

Open: 1st – Robert Cassells, 2nd – Darryn Cutter, 3rd – Joshua Brown

Business: 1st – Darryn Cutter (Mitre 10 Plainland and Gatton), 2nd – Tim Pickering (T and C Mechanical), 3rd – Lincoln Biagioni (Italian Pizza Ovens)