Hello Racing Fans! I thought it might be appropriate to show you the cars that raced at Maker Faire Kansas City for the 2015 Power Racing Series…
Mutt Cutts was one of the cute cars. You may know it from the “Dumb And Dumber” films. Well, here’s a tiny replica. It wasn’t the fastest, but it was the furriest. This was one of those cars that we worried would tip over in every turn. It didn’t.
Sweet Tooth, built by Collin Royster, a prop-maker in Kentucky, was a damn impressive build. The clown head and forks were for decoration only, and got removed for the races.
Phantom 48 returned once again! These guys just keep refining their already fast and reliable car. The rat rod impressed us with its looks in 2013 and hasn’t changed much cosmetically, but from what I understand they’re constantly tweaking the code running on their controller.
The Cartastrophe Jeep also returned in 2015, and just like Phantom 48, their car looks about the same, and performs about the same. Fast and reliable, most of the time, except when it breaks.
KITT from OMG is the car from Knightrider, and it did good, not too fast, and not too much breaking down. A good mid-fielder.
The Humninator, the only in the series with a full suspension system! The Humninator is a take on The Terminator theme, and a Hummer. A pretty fast car, though it suffered a bad failure in KC, Scott is fixing it up for Detroit!
Herbie (The Love Bug) is just adorable, and is the work of Chris Lee (from Nashville’s Kessel Runners Racing) super-star Wars Nerd and prop-builder.
The Minecart (also known as “Steve” was a big wooden box that surprised us all with its speed and agility. There’s some great reasons to build your car as a big wooden box. An unexpected surprise with this one!
The second car from the Cartastrophe was the Mark III from Danger Mouse. I am unfamiliar with the series, but the car is a wedge of cheese. It did well for the first showing.
Jurassic Rover is another really nice build from our friends from the south. I can’t remember which state they were from, but the car was beautifully done.
Duct Tape & Zip Ties car is an old classic, build mostly from old bikes. It’s not fast, but it is (somewhat) reliable and goes for the “slow and steady wins the race” idea.
FUBAR brought their old green truck all the way from New Jersey! Bill and his team keep fixing it and breaking it and racing it and having a good time. That’s what it’s all about!
LEGO Car (as we called it) was built by a team of high school kids. The body was foam and kept breaking, there was a Razor scooter underneath for steering, they used 6 motors, of which between 1 and 3 worked, they blew their controller and used a relay, and they were known as a “rolling chicane” but they had fun and were a crowd favorite. Awesome.
Bigger photos? See them on Flickr. More will be added over time…