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Thrills and plenty of spills at trolley derby


There were plenty of spills and plenty of smiles at the weekend’s Robertson’s Trolley Derby, which has been labelled another success.

There seemed to be more crashes at this year’s event, with the wind playing havoc with some of the young drivers. But there were no serious accidents, and the weather didn’t deter the drivers in the Monarch of the Hill event, with eventual winner Gordon Dacombe clocking 71km/h in his Aussie Flash trolley.

Even some of the younger drivers reached speeds in excess of 40km/h and Nelson Trolley Club president Tim Bayley says the trick is to not turn the steering wheel, otherwise it might end in tears.

The Zoomers class for 6-10 year old competitors, won by Kobi Furniss, drew the most entries, with “seven or eight” more than last year’s event. The new Mitre10 F1 Corporate Challenge, which saw businesses enter a trolley, was won by Steffano’s Pizzeria.