Spills and thrills at Bangalow Billy Cart Derby
Bangalow Bill is 88 and he is the oldest billy cart racer still doing the hill every year.
You can see him in the above clip at around the 5:50 minute mark going down the hill yesterday.
Oddly enough, Jack Brabham, also 88, passed away this morning.
|Sir Jack Brabham stands next to his Repco Brabham BT19|
|The starting line for the Bangalow 2014 Billy Cart Derby.|
|The Bangalow 2014 Billy Cart Derby Raceday.|
the final time in a car of his own construction.
He retired in 1970, was knighted in 1978, and was named a National Treasure in 2012.
He died after collapsing this morning". (May 19th, 2014)
Now 88 and living at a nursing home, Bill has finally outgrown billycarts -
at least insofar as he is able to ride them,
so this was expected to be his last race in the annual derby."
Bangalow Bill hangs up helmet as Billycart Derby turns 20
What is it with 88 and fast cars anyway?
Also on the subject of collapsing, I noticed this on the wall outside the Foodworks supermarket at Bangalow yesterday and took a photo, as I had never seen one in a public place before.
My main thought at the time was I wonder if one of these would have helped save my father-in-law when he collapsed and died in his home a few years ago?
And for those who have been following my blog, yes that is St.Kevin's, the church I named my first son (Kevin) after and 1988 was the year I got married, too.
It was on our honeymoon that I first saw St.Kevin's while going from Byron Bay to Ballina and stopping in for a look at Bangalow.
I already had the name Kevin as a possibility and when I saw the church it was like a sign to me and it was settled then and there if we had a boy.
The deal was that I would pick the boy's name and my wife would pick the girl's name, which is why it was my decision, if you were wondering why I got to choose the name.
|The police car parked in front of the Bangalow police station yesterday.|
One more personal synchronicity I noticed when I was walking past the Bangalow police station was the letters written on the police car BRU.
They are the letters on my own car's registration plates in that order.
Yesterday I thought this was some kind of sign about something for me, but I wondered what the 19 meant at the time.
Now I see the car pictured in the news that Jack is standing next to is a BT-19.
My number plate, the police car number and Jack's BT-19 all seem to intertwine to me, plus there is also a 9 in my number-plate, as well.