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Billy Kart Challenge - Sat 13 Sep

posted 16 Jul 2014, 04:07 by Andrew Yeaman   [ updated 15 Oct 2014, 02:54 ]

An annual event run at Clifford Park. 

The main aim is for Scouts to build Billy Karts and have fun!

Billy Kart Specifications
  • Billy Kart Minimum width 850mm.  Maximum length 1500mm; (Minimum width to reduce roll over probability)
  • No steel (or other metal) framed billy karts;  (Reduce penetration or sharp corner penetration or crush injuries)
  • The billy cart centre stay and cross pieces are to be constructed of wood;
  • No sharp protrusions;
  • No fixed steering wheel or other fixed devices (eg Braking bar) which may cause a chest crush injury in a collision or roll over;
  • Foot steering on front axle with rope control; (to maximise steering control – billy kart needs to accommodate scouts of differing leg reach)
  • Foot braking systems only (so that scouts do not need to let go of the rope steering mechanism)
  • Steering limiter (A block of wood must be secured to billy kart centre stay so that the steering axle can only rotate 45 degrees in either direction).
  • Wheel diameter is to be a maximum 260mm;
  • Billy karts must have four wheels (No three wheel billy karts – high probability of roll-over).
Patrol Safety Equipment
Scouts participating will need to bring along some Safety Equipment:
  • Drivers MUST be wearing a helmet and gloves at all times whilst driving the Billy Kart. Drivers will also need all exposed skin on arms and legs covered with long sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy footwear. (Thongs and open toed sandals don't rate as sturdy footwear!)
  • Knee pads and elbow pads are strongly recommended.
  • Patrol Members need to be wearing long sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy footwear. Gloves are recommended. If you fall over whilst pushing, gravel rash really hurts!

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Andrew Yeaman,
2 Sep 2014, 05:36