Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Teapot Tuesday, Featured Teapot Racers: Tea U Later and Layla III (The Drag Race Winners)

Today, I am featuring two teapot racers, "Tea U Later" and "Layla III", both were teapot drag race champions at Big River Steampunk Festival, in Hannibal, Missouri. "Tea U Later" won our first drag race, Sept. 3, 2016, and "Layla III" won the drag race on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.

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This elaborate teapot racer is "Tea U Later", created and driven by Jordan Weltha. It is FAST! I had not thought that a racer with this kind of power could be controlled around the tightly placed obstacles, but I was wrong. "Tea U Later" won the ribbon for "Most Splendid Speed", by completing the course in only 56 seconds, without any manual assistance.

There was some concern about the size of "Tea U Later", which towered over all the other teapot racers, but when Jordan tried it in the Tunnel of Terror, it fit. There is a 12-inch height limit in the rules, so points were deducted for size, but Jordan's mom attempted to earn back those points with copious compliments directed at the judges.


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There is no video of the Saturday drag race, because "Tea U Later" had finished the race before I could even start recording.

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This amazingly detailed mechanical spider is ready for a tea party.

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Ophelia of Airship Gypsy's Gold is the designer and driver of "Layla III".

The bribing of the judges:
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Crocheted octopus wristbands.

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"Layla III" had issues during the obstacle course, but Ophelia made up for a lot of that with showmanship, the high quality bribes, and the workmanship that went into the building of the racer.



Course completion time was 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

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After watching the obstacle course video, you may be wondering how "Layla III" could possibly be the winner of the drag race, but she can go in a straight line like a champ. Also, all the rest of the vehicles had remotes that were canceling each other out.

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