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Yes, these guys are cool enough to get THREE photos. It’s 2011 Kinetic Grand Champions: THE TEMPUS FUGITIVES! These folks are all around super! Excellent racers, infallibly polite, and well themed. I also like the sort of underhanded geeky references/double entendre, and their steampunk style!
Well done ladies and gentlemen! We hope to see you next year!
(P.S. I can’t take credit for the second photo; it was taken by By Keith Breazeal Photography, and is available on his Flikr.)
What? I hear you saying, What? This isn’t a racer!
Well no, no it isn’t. Remember how I said that the racers tended to be really focused? Well, most of them don’t seem particularly interested in taking photos with me. As such, my handler only offered if they didn’t seem incredibly rushed, so we got very few photos of me.
During a break between racers showing up for break check, I went and dug around in the flower beds at CR, and shot this little video. Undulating California Poppies, that’s right. It’s cool.
I’ll see you on Friday with another racer, I promise!
What do you call a fish with no eyes? FSSSSSHHHHH. Heh.
This is Corpie Cruiser 7, which means, yes, they’ve done this before… just never as a giant fish covered in CDs! While these racers didn’t place, they got their ACE, and they had my personal favorite bribe (that fish cupcake from last week) and just the coolest hull. Actually, I’m only about half sure that’s their name. Hmmm.
The second photo wasn’t taken by me, but by Flikr user bilunbirotunda. They have a lot of other great photos of the race if you want to check them out. Watching this machine swim across the bay, glittering the whole way, was a really stupendous sight!
Why, I believe I am being hugged by a very tall gnome in this image! What?
It’s the Bouncing Friendly Gnome! Boy is he ever friendly too! Many racers are pretty stressed out about their Aces and their times by the time they reach the CR parkinglot break check, so it seems difficult for their to smile. They are FOCUSED, man.
Not this gentleman though. Clearly he knows how to do it and keep a smile on his face, making his ACE all the more deserved at the end. We look forward to seeing what he does next year!
This week we’re finally getting into the racers! Woo hoo! The glorious Kinetic Grand Championship racers are what the crowd comes out to see every year! They’re the reason we even have a race at all, and so many of them keep on coming back!
This is me with Melvin in the background during a quick water stop. It’s a bunch of dolphins with a tropical theme, and the dolphins actually bob up and down when the sculpture is in motion. It’s super cool! The second photo is one taken shortly after their Dead Man’s Drop descent!
At the end of the race, Melvin scored an Engineering Trophy, and had kept their ACE! That last word is supremely meaningful to any racer, because keeping up with the requirements really makes the race much harder. The Pit Crew can’t help them by pushing, must be within a certain size requirement (8x12 feet), they have to keep all of their terrain equipment on board, etc. Since they race through the bay and a slough as well as the dunes and paved road, that’s bunch of equipment!
There’s a lot to the rules. Here’s a link that opens as a pdf if you’re interested. KGC Rules. Anyway, hooray Melvin!
I hear you asking “What? What’s this? What does this have to do with Kinetics?”
You sound completely incredulous, but let me explain something…. Boots are important. These boots? They kept feet safe from broken glass, metal shards, poison oak, mud, vomit, and blood during the crazy days of the kinetic sculpture race.
Also, because I was so busy that I had a hard time getting pics of the other fun stuff I got to do. Like getting bribes.
You see, a great big part of kinetics is getting bribed. Bribes are for luck and love and fudging records and general good will. Everyone has bribes, and everyone gives bribes. This was one of our favorite bribes - delicious fish cupcake!
Have a great Friday, and I’ll see you on Monday with more Kinetic Madness… onto the machines!
Here we are, out at the Samoa sand dunes! This is
one of my favorite my all time favorite spot in the race… Dead Man’s Drop! Here’s a super montage video of a bunch of racers going over DMD in 2010.
We were sitting at the other end of the drop, to visually make sure that the racers were alright to continue on the course, and to keep people out of the way of the machines. I mean, you saw how fast some of those were dropping? People want to be right in front of them! Yeah, it’s a great photo opportunity, but gravity will getcha every time.
On the very first day of the race, volunteers need to be on the Arcata Plaza by 6:00 AM. There’s a lot of setup and direction that happens at this time, and the various coordinators are so busy all race long that this is the only time they’re actually all in one place.
I was attached to one of the medics for most of the race… and here is a bonus photo of all (well, most) of the Kinetic Medics! They keep people from being dead!
This week, we’re continuing on the Kinetic Grand Championship trail! I get to show you a few of the things I did to help out.
This was taken at the Rutabaga Ball; I was selling drink tickets! Rather than having our bartenders have to deal with cash, I did that up front! People could buy drink tickets, and a number of tickets corresponded to a type of drink. For example, you could get one of our glorious cocktails with 3 tickets. There were also snacks and foodstuffs.
The great thing about this post is that I got to see all the crazy costumes come in, and I was first in line for when The Empress arrived with her kilted bagpiper. Weeeee!