Cartie racing in High Street?

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Budding racing drivers, thrill seekers, dare devils, or those just wanting to relive their youth have the chance with the introduction of Cartie Racing down the High Street in Brechin.

Although still in the very early stages of planning it is hoped that this event will take place during the Brechin Retailers Group’s Hallowe’en in the City event on October 27, with members of the Retailers Group currently in talks with Emergency Planning to seek permission for the event to go ahead.

It is envisaged that cartie races will start at the top of Brechin High Street for seniors, heading around the back of the cross and carrying on until City Road or Back Brae.

Novices and under 16s will start further down the high street, at the cross, continuing to City Road or Back Brae.

During the course speeds of over 20 mph can be achieved.

It is hoped that championship competitors from the Scottish Cartie Association will travel to Brechin for the event. However, no experience is needed to take part.

The idea of a wooden cartie, built at home, is one that many of our readers may remember from their childhood so why not relive those days and share them with your children, or grand-children, by taking part in this event?

Safety will be paramount on the day, with safety barriers being erected along the route and stewards on hand to ensure the safety of spectators and competitors.

Competitors will be split into four sections: over 16 pros, over 16 locals, under 16 pros and under 16 locals.

So, whether you are an experienced cartie competitor or have never been on a cartie before you are encouraged to take part.

The aim of the event is fun, with racers competiting in time trials and possibly going head to head at the end of the afternoon.

Carts must be built a couple of weeks before the event to be inspected, so go search your garage, loft or shed for old pram wheels and pieces of wood and start creating and building your own cartie.

With children still on school holiday now is the perfect time to start building.

Keep an eye out for more information about this event in future editions of the Brechin Advertiser.