Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge.
Buillding Carts, Building Community!
That’s our motto and we believe it, but what does it mean? Our goal is to:
• Create a community event that brings all of Castlemaine together.
• Foster and support relationships and mentors to work towards a shared goal.
• Promote and support local groups and organisations during Mental Health Week.
Castlemaine is recognised as the Hot Rod Capital of Australia. We want to prove that the town also deserves the title of Billy Cart Capital of Australia.
Billy cart races were first organised in Castlemaine in 1949 as the Apex Soap Box Derby. They were run as fundraisers for local community groups and continued throughout the 50s and 60s. Following a thirty-year hiatus, the races resumed in the mid-90s and continued through to the early 2000s.
On 14 October 2017 this classic event was revived as the Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge (CBCC). The event was a great success with over 60 drivers and 1500 spectators.In 2018 the Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge ran once again seeing enthusiastic participation from locals and interstate visitors, great support from local businesses and involvement by many individuals and community organisations.
2021 will see a relocation of the event to allow for a billy cart race that is more fun, inclusive and easier to manage. The new location is Langslow Street - the industrial heartland of Castlemaine where the track has some twists and turns and the opportunity for head to head racing.
We encourage everyone to get involved- build a cart, come along on the day and experience the thrills and spills plus live music, Castlemaine Hot Rod display, coffee to kickstart your cart and food to fuel your machine.