Forty years ago, Hobart Brown of Arcadia, Ca, just for fun, modified a trycycle in a quaint and artistic way, inspiring a few friends to create similar mobile works of art---and of course they raced them. Thus began four decades of evolving creativity with the rules and the art becoming ever more elaborate. Here are the current rules:--the awesome challenge:
1. Build a human powered vehicle that can race 41 miles.
2. Contestants and machines must travel 3 days cross crountry from Arcada to Ferndale on pavement, sand and through mud.
3. Must be able to climb steep hills and brake safely when coasting down.
4. Vehicle must float and be capable of powering itself through the water, across a bay and a river.
5. Vehicle must have artistic merit.
6. Contestants must create some pagentry associated with the vehicle. (song, poem, skit etc to amuse the crowd. )
7. Contestants must provide the judges with an appropriate bribe. (food, drink, etc. One team offered wenches to the judges)
WHO WOULD OR COULD RISE TO SUCH A CHALLENGE? LOTS OF CLEVER ENERGETIC PEOPLE! AND WHY WOULD THEY? CONTESTANTS ANSWER RESOUNDINGLY: FOR THE GLORY!
Most striking of the entries---a highly mobile dragon. Note the rolled-up pontoons beneath and the pilot flame in its mouth-----
Which ignights a powerful flaming roar when it rears its head. A real crowd pleaser