Rivals go head to head in annual trolley derby
There was speculation whether dirty politics were at play when Nelson MP Nick Smith and Green Party candidate Matt Lawrey went head to head in the Nelson Trolley Derby.
Nelson Trolley Club president and derby organiser Tim Bayley said as part of the Monarch of the Hill race, Lawrey and Smith had a chance to race each other with no-one else on the track.
"Unfortunately they put Nick in the left lane, of course Nick said: 'Well I always have a tendency to veer right', so he swerved right over, and almost touching Matt they went cheek-by-jowl down the street on the right-hand side.
"It was very funny. I think Matt just nicked him at the finish line."
Now in its 16th year, there were more than 70 riders in the annual race down Nelson's Collingwood St on Saturday.
Bayley took out the Monarch of the Hill in his trolley, Redrack iLean, clocking up a speed of 70.7 kilometres per hour.
He was closely followed by Jared Dacombe in the Spirit of Burt Munro and Steve Lovell in Kiwiana who came second equal crossing the line at 70.4 km.
The corporate challenge was taken out by the team from the Pizza Garage, followed by Ewing Poultry and Mitre 10 Trade.
Bayley said the Smith and Lawrey clash wasn't the only controversy of the day.
In the Rockets' class, the Aussie Flash trolley, originally built for the film Kiwi Flyer and driven by Gordon Dacombe, was caught up in a scandal of its own.
Bayley was racing beside Dacombe and said he heard a whirring sound like his wheels were rubbing together, and suddenly Dacombe took off.
Dacmobe won every race by a large margin.
At prize giving Dacombe opened his trolley up for inspection and it was revealed Dacombe had placed a 12-volt battery and electric motor inside his trolley to win in underhand style true to the Kiwi Flyer movie. Bayley said it a stunt and good fun.
Bayley said there was a lot of interest with close to 30 trolleys registered in the Zoomers class for those aged between 6 and 10.
Tom Perkins took out first place in Mac Attack, followed by Miles Coulson in Mercedes and Ben Savage in Savage Racer.