Crowds turn out for thrills and spills in Ellon Pedal Car Race

Ellon’s annual pedal car race once again captured the imagination of the public.

A large crowd turned out on Sunday for a great day of entertainment.

The crowds took to the streets to view the action during the Pedal Car Race

The crowds took to the streets to view the action during the Pedal Car Race

This year fourteen entries battled it out to be king of the road. Racing round the 700-metre circuit proved quite challenging for some with a new entry, Costcutter Babes, only managing one lap before having to pull out through mechanical failure.

Two other teams had to have running repairs following chain problems.

This, however, added to the spectacle for the spectators who thoroughly enjoyed the event, which was preceded by a series of five, age group cycle races organised by the Ythan Cycle Club under the auspices of Scottish Cycling.

Mike Watson, of Ellon Rotary Club and chairman of the organising committee, told the Times: “Once again the weather was kind to us and helped attract a good crowd who hopefully enjoyed both pedal car and cycle races.

“Some teams entered into the spirit of the occasion with the BrewDog team clad as the Flintstones and the all-female Post Office entry in disguise as the Golden Oldies.”

Various stalls and attractions were popular and the programme included a performance from the Ellon and District Royal British Legion Pipe Band, who lead a pre-race procession helping to add to the feelgood atmosphere.

The returning Heli Angels won the race completing 29 laps in the allotted 45 minutes. They pipped last year’s winners, Ythan QL, by seconds. BrewDog won the best dressed team and The Golden Oldies won the booby prize.

Mike added: “All in all it was a very successful day. The proceeds from the event will be shared by two local charities, Kayleigh’s Wee Stars and ALEC (Aberdeenshire Life Education Centres).

“I’m extremely grateful to those who made the day possible, inclusive of participants, sponsors, spectators and many volunteers from the Rotary and Ythan Cycle Clubs who performed a multitude of tasks.”