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Trolley derby thrills and spills

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The popular Beachlands Maraetai Trolley Derby was staged at Omana Regional Park on Sunday. Times photo Wayne Martin

A bit of rain didn’t deter racers and the public at the Beachlands Maraetai Trolley Derby at Omana Regional Park on Sunday.

John Stacey from the derby organisers Pohutukawa Coast Rotary Club said they had 37 entrants, the majority under the age of 12 and the youngest eight years old.

“Despite the weather it didn’t dampen peoples’ enthusiasm with some great racing and a few wipe outs, no one was injured. All the money raised will go back into the local community,” he said.

The course winds through paddocks with breathtaking views of the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island and Rangitoto.

Daredevil drivers race 500m downhill in homemade trolleys.

Trolleys can reach speeds of 41km/h and the layout of the track often results in thrills and spills.

The winners were:

Age 15+ category, Kirk Vosper (also King of the Hill);
Age 12-14 category, Josh Metcalf
Age 7-11 category, Jay Brunton

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