Battle for Queenstown trolley bragging rights

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Organisers of Arrowtown’s madcap trolley derby are calling out Queenstown rivals.

The annual fundraiser for the local preschool sees foolhardy racers speed through the town in hand-built carts.

For 2014, those behind the crowd-pulling race want to increase entries by inviting businesses to battle for bragging rights.

Organiser Anton Schmitz says: “We have a set of matchups we’d like to suggest in public.

“We want to see if companies are game to stake their claim as the best operator in town.

“The battle of the conference centres could even be settled this way – with a matchup between council boss Adam Feeley and developer Alastair Porter on the day deciding who gets to build it.”

GJ Gardner Homes are supporting the preschool as the name sponsor. The firm is challenging any building firm to a match up on the day.

Last year, 16 competitors in crackpot contraptions took on the 400m downhill race raising about $5000.

The funds are used for play facilities and landscaping at Arrowtown Preschool’s two campuses.

There’s a slight course change this year with a hairpin added near the end and the finish right down at Butlers Green.

“We’re after a picnic atmosphere using the green and the whole event should be very child friendly… except the racing will still be mean and even more challenging for drivers given the tight hairpin.”

The race is on Saturday, November 15, so teams have two-and-a-half months to build a trolley.