Helmet-wearing bed racers compete for bragging rights

Hang on to the bedposts

Tracey Prediger

The "solid craftsmanship” of their service department is being credited with helping pull off another win for Team Toyota.

This is the second year in a row Tyler O’Dwyer and his workmates have been able to capture top honours in Winter Carnival’s bed racing competition.

The course was set in the parking lot of Kal Tire Place and saw helmet-wearing four person teams wheel their beds — including a passenger — around tight corners and across the finish line.

“I wanted to be in this bed, I’m all excited,” says Lizzy, who was tucked under the cozy covers of Venture Training’s race bed, themed after the hit TV show M.A.S.H.

Even M.A.S.H. character Klinger was part of their camo-clad team.

While Venture Training didn't have the fastest time, they were definitely a fan favourite with the biggest cheering section.

Less than four seconds separated Toyota and second place Total Restoration.

“Teamwork and talking to the other guys on the car, making sure we are all going in the same direction and not leaving the track,” is David Regier's strategy.

New on the scene this year was Nixon Wenger riding a bed celebrating the law firm's 50th anniversary.

Tara Holowatch is looking forward to a bigger competition next year, and already knows what changes need to be made.

“We’re going to change our wheels…they’re going to be much bigger," says Holowatch.

Another possible strategy from the team of legal experts who placed third: “We’re going to have to look at the rules in detail.”

All teams came in under 40 seconds. Each team ran three heats, counting only their best time.

The winning team shared a trophy, also receiving one full year of bragging rights.

For a complete list of finishing times or to volunteer for this weekend’s Family Fun Park, you can visit Winter Carnival’s website.

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