Denholm gets ready to bogie on down

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TOMORROW sees the fifth annual Border Bogie Challenge in Denholm, with 25 adult and 15 junior go-karts scheduled to career down Dean Road, writes
Rhalou Allerhand.

Bogie enthusiasts from all over the UK including Wales, Norfolk, Gloucestershire and Inverness will be in attendance, with crowds of up to 1,000 expected to turn out on the day.

Organiser Tony Lockey told the Hawick News: “It’s going to be a great day. It’s also good for local businesses, with all the pubs, restaurants and B&Bs fully booked.”

The home-made bogies are constructed from various materials including bits of wood and pram wheels right up to thousands of pounds worth of Formula One kit.

The only rules are that bogies must have a minimum of three wheels, an adequate braking system, a forward facing seat and the designated driver has to wear the correct safety gear on race day.

Everyone’s in with a chance of winning, as Tony explained: “We don’t just give trophies for coming first, but best design, use of recycled materials, and the best bogie moment of the day.

“We’ve had participants do 360 turns and comedy karts such as two nuns sitting on a toilet; there are always lots of funny things to see.”

As well as the fun and frolics of the bogie races , spectators will also get to enjoy the fair on the green, with stalls selling local produce including food, textiles and gifts.

The non-profit charity fun day will also include a bouncy castle, face painting, live music, a May Pole for Scottish dancing and even an intrepid chainsaw juggler to tantalise the crowd. And to finish off, the Dana Dixon band will be playing in the village hall in the evening.

n Gatherin’ on the Green, page 21