Sunday’s Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) event at the Dimboola Recreation Reserve saw a good crowd of people from across the Wimmera, line the track to see a vast array of vehicles fly around the course at high speed.
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy MP and Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor, Ron Ismay opened the days event, with a presentation lap, before the event was formerly under way.
Ms Kealy then waved the flag to start the 23 participating ‘HPV’ racers for the day long event.
Cr Ron Ismay said, “Dimboola has been fortunate to secure the only event of this type in the west of Victoria, and this event has the potential to grow the sport and inspire more local schools and communities to become involved.”
Cr Ismay continued, “the Dimboola Recreation Reserve is a perfect location for such HPV events and we hope in future to develop this venue to be able to host official race events.”
Despite the cooler weather, many locals came for a look and the Town Committee sold out of all their food by mid afternoon, despite calling in more stock halfway through the lunch rush.
Teams came from Ballarat, Hamilton, Horsham, St Arnaud, Maldon, Millicent, Mount Gambier
and Warracknabeal and participated in the six hour HPV ‘expo’ demonstration starting with a parade lap.
The drivers were all working on time trials and racing against the clock. The time each driver received established their grade in the sport, to go onto to competitive racing.
The racing concluded at 4.00 pm with the Town Committee president Bruce Donnelly waving the chequered flag after the Hindmarsh Shire Council CEO Greg Wood passed up the offer.
Through support from the Australian government’s ‘Building Better Regions’ fund, and ‘Visit Victoria’s Regional Events’ fund, the event has grown significantly from last year.
The Shire of Hindmarsh Youth Council, supported through FReeZa funding, with Brandon Farley from Horsham DJ and a live band continued until 6.30pm into the evening.
Work started last Friday in heavy rain setting up for the event by council workers, while on Saturday hay bales were placed around the road, as safety barriers and the teams were on the track early on Sunday morning, setting up the pit lane and marquees as temporary workshops and team shelters.
Crews were kept busy all day making running repairs to broken vehicles.
Warracknabeal College attending the event for the first time and had built/purchased three vehicles. One vehicle was an ‘electric assisted vehicle’ which the they had purchased from the Holy Trinity team from Horsham.
The number of participating HPV vehicles has increased from 17 at the last Dimboola event, to 23 vehicles at the event this year. The crowd had also increased significantly and the Hindmarsh Shire is expecting the event to grow to greater levels in the future.