Sun shines for Pedal Car Race

The Ellon Pedal Car Race 2016 winners
The Ellon Pedal Car Race 2016 winners

The seventh Annual Ellon Pedal Car Race was held on Sunday, August 21 and organisers say it was the best one yet.

A total of 20 teams registered to take part in the Rotary Club of Ellon event but only 19 managed to come along on the day.

Aberdeen FC star Adam Rooney with Inner Wheel members

Aberdeen FC star Adam Rooney with Inner Wheel members

However two spare pedal cars were available and two teams of four volunteers entered the race taking the total number of cars in the race to 21 - a record number of entries.

The Ythan Cycle Club’s White team were the winners after successfully completing 34 laps.

The Heli Angels came second with 32 laps and Ythan Cycle Club Blue were third with 32 laps.

New entrants City Church Ellon completed one lap but unfortunately their pedal car suffered from a mechanical fault and they had to exit the race.

Pedal car drivers run to their vehicles as the race begins

Pedal car drivers run to their vehicles as the race begins

Two new chicanes were introduced to the race to challenge the pedal car racers and the popular water pistol area also made a return.

Aberdeen Football Club star Adam Rooney was on hand to start the race and he brought along a signed Aberdeen FC top signed by the whole team for the top raffle prize.

Crowds were treated to a performance by the Ellon British Legion Pipe Band who led the Race Parade around the town centre track.

Cycle and running races were held before the pedal car race kicked off and Julie Erskine, pro rider for team Ford EcoBoost awarded the winners with their prizes.

Funds raised on the day will go to Friends of the Anchor Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Organisers are now looking to next year’s race and have already announced that it will take place on Sunday, August 20, 2017.