Raceday Schedule

Pre-race scrutineering
(Semi-Pro and Pro Level scrutineering will take place the day prior)
Races begin!
Short Course
Medium Course
Awesome Entertainment
Junior Award Presentation!
Semi Pro Level
Pro Level
More Awesome Entertainment
Senior Award Presentation!


Flash mobs by Movement Zone
Demo by Dragon City Derby Dolls
Amazing demos by Quickfire Quifty
Live broadcast by MainFM


Official Billy Cart Challenge Merchandise Tent
Coffee by KTs
Food by the official Castlemaine Billy Cart Kitchen and Murnong Mammas
Toilets located at Castlemaine Primary School
Portable Water Station compliments of Coliban Water (bring your own bottle to fill!)
Parking: Mostyn St, Urquhart St, Andrew St


Short Course- Fastest time

Medium Course- Fastest time

Semi-Pro- Fastest time

Pro Level- Fastest time

Bert Ireland Engineering Trophy

This category honours the work of Bert Ireland, engineer of the ‘Shooting Star’ winner of the 1949 Apex Soap Box Derby. It is judged by our team of scrutineers.

Dr. Norma Gray Community Spirit Trophy
The Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge was founded with the intention of bringing people together through fostering community partnerships. We encourage families, community groups, schools, service groups and other community organisations to work together on joint projects. Dr, Norma Gray was one of the early pioneers of Soap Box Derbies and Billy Cart racing in Australia, is a long time Castlemaine resident, has a long time family connection with the race and is a strong supporter of the values and goals of the Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge.

Most Creative- The Trishy Hay Memorial Trophy
This category is in memory of Patricia Hay. No one loved a kooky community event more than Trish. She was also incredibly creative. Hence, we encourage people to get as creative as possible. This category is completely open to interpretation and is open to all billy carts- whether they race or not. Anything goes!
Additionally, carts deemed unsuitable/too dangerous for racing can be entered into this category and still go home with a prize. Carts may be designed with this category in mind, and not be designed to race at all.

Most Salvaged Cart
This category is sponsored by The Salvage Yard and will be judged on the best use of recycled/second hand materials. This is in the tradition of billy carts- making something out of nothing.