Hairpin claims trolley victims


It could have been a recipe for carnage.

Eight home-made trolleys, with varying degrees of robustness, driven on a downhill course through parts of Arrowtown, having to negotiate a couple of hairpin corners made even more dicey by persistent precipitation.

But the organiser of Saturday’s Arrowtown Preschool trolley derby says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Anton Schmitz says rain even forced the postponement of the prizegiving.

It was held on Butler’s Green yesterday afternoon, where racers, sponsors and supporters relived their moments of glory at a barbecue.

Top prize in this year’s luge race went to Richard Thomas, while Arrowtown’s Martin Worswick took the trolley title for 2015 driving a horse-themed entry sponsored by

Troy Stewart – who came a cropper in his Monk Earthworks-sponsored trolley – took second place, while Mark Pullar, of Roost Mortgage Brokers, was third.

Speaking to the Otago Daily Times from the prizegiving barbecue – held in brilliant sunshine – Schmitz says he would be “quite scared to run this event on a day like today”.

“We were so busy anyway – it was so popular with the people who were here. If we did it today in the sun, I just don’t know how we’d cope.”

While the total amount raised hasn’t been confirmed, Mr Schmitz says he believes the event raised about $10,000 – and had sold out of sausages and beer.

Otago Daily Times