More than 100 billycarts will go rolling along the main drag at Oak Flats tomorrow as a group of local dads realise their dream of a return to simpler times.
The lack of hills along Central Avenue has done nothing to dampen enthusiasm for the inaugural Oak Flats Billycart Derby, which has already generated a number of community-building events including parent-and-child build days, a scrutineering session and fund-raising among area businesses.
Lloyd Powell, president of organisers Oak Flats Dads Committee, said the billycarts would be pushed along to compensate for the flat track.
‘‘We don’t have a hill, but in saying that it’s been quite good because it’s not about a competitive thing,’’ he said.
‘‘We have kids from kindergarten all the way to year 6. We don’t really need a hill.’’
Mr Powell is among a group of dads - nostalgic for the simple community events of their own childhoods - who organised the derby as a way of getting area parents more involved with their children and their school, Oak Flats Public.
The event will include an appearance by the ‘‘Oak Flats Stig’’ - a mysterious, helmeted character skilled in guitar and song.
Races starts at 8am with the kindergarten/year 1 division, followed by the older racers.
At 10.30am year 6 school leaders will race police officers from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command.
Drivers in the open section, featuring emergency services, area businesses and older family members will race for the Jack Shield, created in honour of former Oak Flats Public School student Jack Inderwisch, who died in 2005.