Cartie race nears

Taking part in Brechin's High Street Cartie Race has been made easier with the inclusion of the newest category of traditional rope steered carties.

Originally it had been decided that only carts with steering via a steering column would be accepted into the event. However, after many requests on whether rope steering carts would be accepted, it has been decided that carts using rope style steering can be entered, with those carts using this method of steering starting the race further down the course beside the cross.

Teams, of up to six people, can enter their cart with an entry price of £25 per team

To cover the cost of the entrance fee teams are encouraged to contact local businesses. Their business name could be displayed on the cartie for a £10 sponsorship donation.

Entry forms are available from Gavin Brymer at Brymer Butchers, 9 St David Street, or from Bill Sturrock at Print Matters, Swan Street. The closing date for applications is this Saturday (October 6).

Competitors will be split into different categories depending on age and experience, with the minimum age for entrants being 12-years-old.

Carts will be required to pass a safety inspection before they are permitted to take part in the race.

Some of the specifications a cart must abide to include brakes which are in good working order and must operate on at least two wheels on the same axle. The brakes must be able to hold the cartie in the starting ramp.

Only one person shall be on the cartie at one time and the seat must be bolted in place. A ground clearance of at least 50mm is recommended.

If competitors want to race the full length of the course, starting opposite Liddles Close and ending opposite 93 High Street, steering must be provided via a steering column, for those wanting to steer with ropes the starting line will be further down the High Street.

Carts must be built a couple of weeks before the event to be inspected, for more information or to view the rules and regulation in full visit