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Ruby Bay Bypass

On Sunday 23 May 2010 a rather special, one-off well... it was going to be a 'one off'...
and then we got invited back
trolley event was held down the Dominion Road end of the almost-completed SH60 Ruby Bay Bypass

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Peter Warren - Nelson Camera Club Early in the day, Police radar clocked both Gordon Dacombe in The Spirit of Burt Munro and Tim Bayley in RedRak Racer III at over 80km/h

Later in the day, their onboard speedo readings were getting into the 90s!

Wider, Steeper, Longer, Faster!

At around 16m wide, the highway was wide enough for 12 trolleys at a time!

  • Collingwood Street has a gradient of 4.2% - 14m vertical over 333.3m

  • The average gradient on the course is 5.56% - 50m vertical over 900m

  • The steepest section of the course is 6.8% - 21.7m vertical over 318m

The weather forecasts in the week leading up to the day were perhaps best described as 'changeable'...

In the end, the weather was OK... rather cool in the morning, but there was no wind and the rain held off until after dark

The event, open to everyone on the derby mailing list, attracted over 30 trolleys with drivers and 'support crew' - and everyone enjoyed a great day of informal trolley racing with some seriously fast speeds (see below) over the 1100m course!

Thanks

The day wouldn't have happened without the support of many people, including: Andrew Adams, Dave Scott , Gavin Millar, Janne Falkner, Kathy Gill, Marc Papke, Nigel Sutton from Stoke Garden and Landscapes, who loaned 6 hay bales - as they were returned 'in good shape', there was no charge , Sergeant Phil Wooding and Suzy York

Photos

A special thanks to Peter Warren and Graeme Robertson of the Nelson Camera Club, who took HEAPS of photos - see:

Peter's photos
with 134 10kB thumbnails, the page might be slow to load
Graeme's photos
www.pbase.com/kiwi_g/trolley

Police Laser Speed Results

Place Speed Drivers Number Trolley Name Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
1st 86 Gordon Dacombe 35 Spirit of Burt Munro ?? 84 86
2nd 84 Tim Bayley 09 RedRak III 68 84 76
3rd 83 ?? Daniel Gardiner 86 Novus 2 83 47 ??
4th 81 Liam King-Turner 07 RedRak II ?? 75 81
5th 77 ?? ?? ?? Purple ?? ?? 77
6th 73 Francis Lagrutta 84 Novus 1 ?? 73 ??
7th 71 Jared Dacombe 62 JJ Racer 63 71 61
8th 69 Matty Cook 51 Mercedes W196 59 69 ??
9th 67 Turhan Djemal 10 Berry Fast ?? 67 ??
10th 63 Morgan Dacombe 95 Lightning Racer 63 43 ??
11th 57 Joelene Whitfield 11 Flying Bandanna ?? 57 34
12th 56 Zak White and Selena Coombes 72 Phat Two 49 48 56
12th 56 Greg Dyer 104 Port Nelson 56 ?? 53
12th 56 Niko White and Dave White 71 Phat One 43 56 46
12th 56 Sandy Edwards 15 Fast Sandy 56 ?? ??
16th 54 ?? Peter Jones ?? ?? ?? Igor ?? Black 38 54 43
17th 53 Jayden Terris 38 Wizzer 47 49 53
18th 47 ?? Jason Houseman ?? Novus Chair 38 47 ??
19th 45 Jake Falkner ?? Speed Freak 45 40 ??
20th 43 Xan, Hazel and/or Frog Twissell 50 Bug Eyed 31 43 33
21st 41 ?? Jeff Smith and/or Shane Campbell ?? ?? RateEm Mustang 41 41 ??
22nd 38 Karli Djemal Whitfield 100 Hairy McScary 32 38 ??
23rd 34 Dylan York 24 Sackbarrow Special ?? 32 34
24th 32 Corbin Blackbourn 97 Inferno Dragon Racer 16 29 32
25th 30 Louis Rowell-Williams 42 Heart of Gold 15 28 30
25th 30 McKenzie Gill-Davidson 60 Sackbarrow Special ?? ?? 30
25th 30 ?? ?? Blue helmet 30 ?? ??
28th 29 ?? 22 ?? ?? 29 27

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