There are four race categories, each with a different track length/incline:
Start Line below Andrew St
- Short Course (suitable for younger children)
- Medium Course (suitable for more confident children and drivers/billy carts that aren’t suitable for the Pro course)
Start Line above Andrew St
- Semi Pro
- Pro Level
We also have four additional trophy categories:
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. Norma 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.
Bert Ireland Engineering Trophy
This category honors 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.
Most Creative Cart- 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.
The Most Recycled Cart Trophy
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.