6th Annual “Lesmurdie Le Mans”

Go Kart 1 Go Kart 2 Go Kart 3Year 6/7 students from Falls Road, Kalamunda and Lesmurdie Primary Schools ended 2012 on a racy note when they came together for a go-kart track meet on the last Friday of the school year. Eighteen teams, each consisting of five students, have spent the term designing, constructing, testing and evaluating their projects, as part of their Technology and Enterprise program. Teams scoured the internet to research different types of go-kart designs including braking and steering systems. They then produced a team go-kart design, a logo and a materials list. Materials were brought in from home and were complemented by a small class budget, which was used to purchase axles and wheels. Each week, the teams under the direction of their teachers worked on their vehicles with assistance from some eager Dads. The teams from each school constructed six go carts per class, a total of eighteen all up. The completed go-karts then went head to head in heats, with a simple point for places system. Fifty metres of bunting defined the track, and held back the rest of the madly cheering Lesmurdie Primary School students. Pit crews from each school team were on standby, to modify and tweak the go-karts between each race. After the heats, the grand final race came down to four go carts. The race has been running for six years, with it getting bigger and better each year. The “Lesmurdie Le Mans” trophy is presented to the winner along with a magnum of soda water. Local supplier Bunnings Kalamunda has sponsored the event each year with prizes for the victors. Later on, the go-karts will be dismantled with all the materials to be recycled for next year’s classes. The Lesmurdie Le Mans is now a regular major event on the hills schools’ calendar.