Never too old for Billycart Championship fun

BILLYCART enthusiasts refused to let anyone tell them they were too old to let their inner child out last weekend.

The Annual Brisbane Billycart Championships saw more than 300 entrants speed down a custom-made grass track in billy carts, and the oldest was 84.

He competed against all age groups, even a four-year-old, but imagine the thrill of rushing down a hill in a cart created from all manner of things, from a bath tub to a washing machine.

Conventional billy carts were acceptable of course.

The annual Brisbane Billy Cart Championships were held in conjunction with the Green Heart Fair on Sunday, September 11, at Carindale Recreation Reserve in Cadogan St, Carindale.

More than 5000 spectators watched the fun.

Feature races included The Political Mayhem Matchup between Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Cr Adrian Schrinner and MP Steve Minnikin.

Entrants competed for fun prizes and money.

The photo above shows Graham Testro at last year's event when he was 76 and had just beaten his 40-year-old daughter, and was planning to beat his 14-year-old grandson.

It took Graham two years to beat his daughter.

He has been competing for four years.

The first time he competed he borrowed a cart, then decided to build his own.

Unfortunately, the cart came to an untimely end when his granddaughter crashed it on a hay bale at the 2014 event.

The event was funded by the Brisbane City Council and brought to you by the Rotary Club of Carindale.


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