Armstrongs on a roll with billycarts

Liam Armstrong-Pain with his grandfather Robert Armstrong and the billycart Liam will be racing in this Sundays Bangalow Billycart Derby.

Billycart racing seems to run in the Armstrong familys genes, with more than four generations having competed in the Bangalow Billycart Derby.

This year nine-year-old Liam Armstrong-Pain is going for his second win in the traditional category, racing a homemade billycart created by his grandfather Robert, a former winner whos competing in the professional category. Roberts father Lloyd and his daughters Beth and Robyn have also previously tried their luck in the annual derby, which began in 1994 to attract tourists to the town and has grown into a huge community celebration.

Its a really special family event, said Robert. If I were you I wouldnt miss it.

The Bangalow Billycart Derby is on this Sunday, May 21, with registration from 7-8.15am at the Bangalow Hotel. Children five years and older are eligible and all competitors must wear helmets.


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