Cartie party for Ellon

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ELLON’s annual Pedal Car Race went off with a bang last Sunday, with dozens of entrants and thousands of spectators turning out to view the competition.

Having raised around £5,000 for the Maggie’s cancer charity ont he day, spokeswoman Eleanor Macalister told the Times: “Heli’s Angels won the race and those helicopter guys were amazing! They constantly lapped the others with a well-designed car that has been developed over the past three years to a secret design!”

Eleanor said the whole day had been terrific with large crowds in attendance - from babies in buggies to grannies on zimmers!

“There was a real buzz about Market Street and the car park had lots of stalls,” she said.

“The Inner Wheel did a superb job with face-painting for the youngsters. Local hotels and coffee shops were also among those who took part in making the whole day such a success.

“We were entertained by the Costcutter car doing an amazing stunt at the top of the hill at Market Street, with the driver throwing the wheels round and one of them buckling spectacularly. This was relayed to Central Control’s public address system at Market Street and caused much hilarity. No-one was injured!

“We couldn’t have asked for more as far as the weather was concerned either, especially for the cyclists in the morning who tore up the 700 metre route at remarkable speeds.

“To see little boys and girls under eight years of age tackling the route was a real privilege and we can only hope that more people will come out next year to cheer them on. Olympians in the making.”

Eleanor continued: “As far as the Pedal Car Race is concerned, we can only thank everyone for their enthusiasm, support and, indeed the entertainment value they provided. All the effort they put in made the race compulsive viewing.

“The Rotary Club of Ellon is rightly delighted with the success of this, its first time as organiser of this event. We would like to thank the local ATC for participating with the Rotarians as marshals, Simon Hailey whose baby this was originally, all our sponsors (too few to mention individually but whose flags and banners were flown throughout the day), our stallholders, the advice and support given by our local guys up at the depot on Hospital Road and the Scottish Amateur Cycling Association for providing this opportunity to run such a spectacular joint venture because we could close the roads.

“Finally, a big thank-you to the thousands of people who came along to support and enjoy a real family fun day to raise funds for the Maggie’s cancer charity, Aberdeen for whom we have raised in the region of £5,000.”