Thrill of the chase with new cart race

BUDDING Jenson Buttons and Lewis Hamiltons in the Montrose area are being encouraged to enter for a new street race in Brechin.

On Saturday, October 27, the town’s High Street will be given over to cartie racing, with entrants competing over a route of around a quarter of a mile, with speeds of around 25mph-30mph expected.

It is envisaged that races, involving teams of up to six, will start at the top of the High Street for seniors with novices starting further down, at the cross. Hallowe’en cartie designs and fancy dress being encouraged and competitors will be split into four sections: over 16 pros, over 16 novice, 12 to 15 year pros and 12 to 15 novice.

An entry fee of £25 per team is required with entry forms available from Gavin Brymer at Brymer Butchers, 9 St David Street, Brechin; Bill Sturrock at Print Matters, Swan Street, Brechin, or at the Brechin Advertiser. The closing date for applications is October 6.

To cover the cost of the entrance fee teams are encouraged to contact local businesses, whose names could be displayed on the cartie for a £10 sponsorship donation. Carties should be a maximum length of 2300mm and a maximum width of 1118mm with four wheels, one on each corner, all of which have to be in contact with the road during normal running and ground clearance of at least 50mm is recommended.

Brakes must be in good working order and will be checked. Braking must operate on at least two wheels on the same axle and must be able to hold the cartie on the starting ramp. Only one person shall be on the cartie at one time and the seat must be bolted in place. Steering must be done with the use of a steering column. Carties with other means of steering will not be accepted and must be built a couple of weeks before the event for advance inspection.

Further information and rules are available online at cartie-race.brechinbusinessassociation.co.uk.