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Billy cart races are not new to this town. Founded in 1949 as the Apex Soap Box Derby these races were organised to raise funds for the local Castlemaine Kindergarten.

The early days

1949 - 1960s

These events were a serious affair with the famous cyclist Hubert Opperman (later Sir Hubert) being involved as the official starter. This spirit continued in Castlemaine through the 50’s and 60’s until the passion passed. Let’s blame the birth of TV for this…

50's Gallery

1990s - 2000s

In the 90’s the race was on again with fresh legs and a love for all things billy cart. These events were held and loved by the community until the last race in 2003. Let’s blame reality TV for this. People still share the stories of these races like they happened yesterday.

90's Gallery

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50's Gallery

90's Gallery