Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teapot Tuesday: Featured Teapot Racer, Earl Grey

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Today's featured teapot racer is Earl Grey, the over-all winner in both the October and January races.
Earl Grey was built by my son and me and operated by my son.

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Registering for the race:
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Practicing before the big race:

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Bribes for the judges (the quality of the bribe is part of the contestant's over-all score in teapot racing). These are chai cupcakes:

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The race:

While the judges were tallying up the scores, we ran our first teapot drag race. Earl Grey won that, as well.

The winners are announced:

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Featured Teapot Racer: Octo 1

Look, it's waving at you!

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Today's featured teapot racer is Octo 1, owned and operated by Stephanie McGillis.

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The design of the teapot racer was fun and creative and so were the outfits worn by Stephanie and her family!

Octo 1 was one of the few racers to take advantage of practice time on the ramps, but that was when it was discovered that the batteries were not fully charged.

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Proof that Octo 1 could run a little under its own power earlier in the day:

By race time, though, its get-up-and-go had got up and went. The batteries were too weak for it to run the course without help. Luckily, a plan was devised:

Octo 1 won two awards at the Jan. 23rd race at Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show, "Most Splendid Design"

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and "Most Dastardly Driver".

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"Most Dastardly Driver" was new this race. I had explained it as an award for the most entertaining cheat, but it really was more than that. There is so much that can go wrong when one is traveling with a teapot racer and running it on an unfamiliar track. At our first race, the grass and rough terrain made it impossible for some of the remote control cars to move at all. This time, we had a contestant whose batteries were going dead before the race began. The "Most Dastardly Driver" is the person who can think on their feet. When things aren't going their way, they don't quit, they become creative.  They may not be able to finish the course in the way proscribed by the rules, but they will complete it in the most entertaining way possible. I jokingly told the children in the audience not to learn from this example of cheating, but in actuality, I hope the children watching learned from this example of good sportsmanship. Stephanie knew she wasn't going to win the Grand Champion trophy, but she was one of the most memorable and fun racers to watch.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Teapot Tuesday: Featured Teapot Racer: Hot Toddy

More highlights from the Jan. 23, 2016 Splendid Teapot Race.

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This week's featured teapot racer, "Hot Toddy" was built and operated by Lori Knott. It was the only racer at the Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show to come with its own adorable support vehicle.

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The cheerful minion behind the wheel never stopped smiling, even through a shattering accident and an inability to complete the course.

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I'm not sure how we managed to get through the races without the loss of a single teacup or saucer, but twice the racers themselves suffered from broken glass.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More Pictures From Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show

Teapot racing wasn't the only thing happening at Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show this past weekend. Here are some other pictures:

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Teapot Tuesday: Florida's Second Splendid Teapot Race and Featured Racer "Last Minute Lucy"

Florida's second Splendid Teapot Race was run this past Saturday (Jan. 23, 2016) at Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show in Mount Dora. Despite strong winds and the kind of cold temperatures that Floridians are not accustomed to, we had a good turn out.

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This week's featured teapot racer is "Last Minute Lucy":

The first racer to compete was actually the last racer to be built.

Jeff Hamilton had a teapot in his car when he stopped by the registration table Saturday morning. He also had a desire to race. What he didn't have was a remote controlled car, but that didn't stop him. He went to the store, bought a car, and built his racer at the picnic table right next to the registration table.

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Thanks to Jeff and his family, the excuse, "I just didn't have time to build a teapot racer," is now invalid.

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In fact, he did such a good job building and running his teapot racer, that he finished the course in 2 minutes, 58 seconds and received a total score of 73, which placed him in third place over-all.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Teapot Tuesday: Medals for the Next Splendid Teapot Race

We are only 4 days away from Splendid Teapot Racing Florida's next teapot race, which will be held at Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show.

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I finished making the award medals for the race yesterday:

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Renate Goodwin, the drummer from the band The Cog is Dead, will be returning as one of our judges.

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We will also have a new judge for this race, Mark Pettey of the band The Steampunk Stompers.

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This will be Mark's judge's badge:

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We are adding practice time to our schedule at this event. Several people at the October race said they would have liked to have had time to try the course before the actual race, so this time racers will be able to reserve a 15 minute practice time.

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As with the previous race, registration will be onsite and registration forms will be available at the Splendid Teapot Racing Florida table, but if you would like to fill out a form at home and bring it with you, you may print out this form:

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For more information about this race and teapot racing in general, please go to:

Crafty Crow