BSSC’s ‘Zooper Dooper’ and ‘Ajax’ finished in the top 10 overall, and clinched first place in both their categories at last weekend’s Wonthaggi Human Powered Vehicle Grand Prix. This race, a major event on RACV’s Energy Vehicle racing calendar, attracted 70 other teams from schools and community groups across the state—and further afield.

The students from the Product Design & Technology Competition Vehicles class, took a detour on their way to Wonthaggi to visit the largest forging factory in the southern hemisphere, Ferrous Forgings.

But the real focus of the weekend was the race—a 24-hour marathon. Riders and pit crew performed in conditions that deteriorated to ‘horrid’ with severe winds and torrential rain eventually forcing stewards to abandon the race two hours early.

The vehicles, one a rebuild from last year and the other a prototype built from scratch this term, performed well despite a number of spills and the atrocious weather.

Zooper Dooper finished first in class in Secondary Open, won Design and Construction and finished 3rd outright. Congratualtions to Will McClure-Wallace, Matt Walker-York-Moore, Ash Watson, Angus O’Dea, Ash Egan, Emerson Julian, Ty Hall and Josh Clark.

Ajax also finished first in class in Senior Secondary Mixed and also won Design and Construction in their category. This team finished 8th outright. Well done Hannah Creely, Sarah Bateson, Jess Keating, Natalie Watson, Hayden Deane, Fletcher Cornish, Jesse Annand, and Michael Keating.

Without Support Crew and Staff these events just cannot happen. So a big shout-out to Zoe Green, Summah McKnight-Colliver, Jack Hayes, Braidyn Wahlert, Campbell Ireland, Riley Malone, Nathan West, Tim White, John Cordedda, Cath Trimnell, Peter Hamilton and Daryl King.