Record numbers compete in trolley derby

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Thrills, spills and friendly rivalry made for a successful day at the Mike Pero Trolley Derby on Saturday.

A record of 92 trolleys entered into this year’s event which, as usual, took place on Nelson’s Collingwood St, showcasing some top notch ingenuity by locals both young and adult.

Racing incorporated a number of sections, including the Zoomers’ class, comprising drivers from five to 10 years, followed by the Sprinters from 11 years and the Rockets from 16 years.

While the corporate trolleys made a great spectacle, the main event was the Monarch of the Hill, which was taken out this year by Nitrofish, driven by Jake Lovell who reached a speed of 70.8 kmph.

Black Fury was amongst those racing in the Sprinters class and was created by students from @ Your Potential Alternative Education. The centre takes up to seven students at a time who find it difficult to fit into mainstream education.

Entering into this year’s trolley derby was a challenge put to the boys by their tutors in order to focus on using teamwork, communication skills, physics and creativity.

The resulting trolley was a combination of old BMX bikes, a pickle bin, a seat from a broken office swivel chair and some welding work by Gareth from Sharland Engineering to create the axle.

While they didn’t win their class, the boys agreed it was a fantastic challenge and one they hope to undertake again next year.

Luca Masters and trolley Doodlebug took out first place in the Zoomers section, Hyper Drive driven by Jasmine Dacombe won the Sprinters class, Steve Lovell and Kiwiana won the Rockets section and major sponsor Mike Pero was the champion of the corporates.

As well as being a popular day out for drivers and spectators, the Mike Pero Trolley Derby also helped raise vital funds for local charitable group, Big Brothers, Big Sisters who require volunteers and funds to mentor young people within schools and the community.