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Thoona Wheelie Bin Championships 2020

The box car derby your childhood self dreamed about is an annual event in Victoria.
By Marissa Ciampi
August 23, 2019
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Thoona Wheelie Bin Championships 2020

The box car derby your childhood self dreamed about is an annual event in Victoria.
By Marissa Ciampi
August 23, 2019
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Located a 2.5-hour drive north of Melbourne, the tiny town of Thoona has a population of just over 100 people — yet it still manages to draw a sizeable crowd for its annual Wheelie Bin Championships. It's so popular that a doco, titled Township Tour: Thoona, was even made about the event back in 2001.

The competition takes over the town each March, during which participants grab classic Aussie wheelie bins and transform them into decorated box cars for race day. Teams consist of one pusher and one rider — and only one team will be named the wheelie bin champion.

Apart from all of the race excitement, there are also car boot sales, market stalls, food trucks and barbecues to look forward to. The event is free for spectators, but if you're planning to get down and dirty and compete against the locals, registration is $10.

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