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This group of daredevils get together to ride huge homemade roller carts downhill at breakneck speeds – just for fun.

Filmed last month in Divinopolis, Brazil, groups of eight men and women can be seen hurtling down the road in their ‘gravity racer’ contraptions.

As spectators watch from the side lines, the carts steer from side to side and skilfully manage to turn corners at high speed.

These downhill carters get together every fortnight to race down hills at breakneck speeds 

These downhill carters get together every fortnight to race down hills at breakneck speeds 

These downhill carters get together every fortnight to race down hills at breakneck speeds 

The group from Divinopolis, Brazil, can be seen hurtling down the road and snaking round corners at speeds of up to 70mph 

The group from Divinopolis, Brazil, can be seen hurtling down the road and snaking round corners at speeds of up to 70mph 

The group from Divinopolis, Brazil, can be seen hurtling down the road and snaking round corners at speeds of up to 70mph 

Commenting alongside a YouTube video of the event, an organiser said: ‘We meet to ride our roller carts every 15 days.

‘There are calm descents which men, women, and children can enjoy, and more radical descents that are limited to adults only if they so desire.

‘Those runs make the adrenaline run. Just be prepared for some falls as well.’

Gravity racing is very popular in parts of Brazil, where carts are known as ‘carrinhos de rolima’ and have very simple designs.

With no engines, the carts are propelled solely by gravity and can reach speeds of around 70mph.  

The video shows two strings of eight skateboard-like carts joint together, as lone racers rush down the hill in more American-style ‘soapboxes’.

Two young men are seen falling off their vehicle, but appear to escape unharmed as they quickly get up again.

The first ever recorded gravity race took place in 1904 near Frankfurt, Germany, which has inspired similar competitive and recreational events across the world.  

In Brazil the simple design carts are called 'carrinhos de rolima' and are raced competitively and for fun 

In Brazil the simple design carts are called 'carrinhos de rolima' and are raced competitively and for fun 

In Brazil the simple design carts are called ‘carrinhos de rolima’ and are raced competitively and for fun 

Two men on the back of one cart (pictured) are filmed falling off the back, but appear to escape unharmed 

Two men on the back of one cart (pictured) are filmed falling off the back, but appear to escape unharmed 

Two men on the back of one cart (pictured) are filmed falling off the back, but appear to escape unharmed 

Spectators go to watch the events, which are open to men, women and children of all ages 

Spectators go to watch the events, which are open to men, women and children of all ages 

Spectators go to watch the events, which are open to men, women and children of all ages 

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