Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Teapot Tuesday, Featured Teapot Racer: Sir-Brakes-A-Lot
This week's featured teapot racer is Sir-Brakes-A-Lot, which was driven by MaiLee Addison on January 28, 2017 at the Royal Renninger Races (Renninger's Steampunk Industrial Show, Mount Dora, Florida).
A pre-race practice run:
Even practicing for the race attracted an audience.
Since Sir-Brakes-A-Lot was built out of a metal tea kettle, dry ice could be added, so that steam poured out of the spout as the racer made its way around the course. It really is a fun effect!
Lay your head down to the right in front of your computer, relax, and enjoy this sideways video.
If you prefer your videos upright, Carrie Stocks took an excellent one and posted it to Splendid Teapot Racing Florida's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1650497891901054/.
Sir-Brakes-A-Lot made it around the course in 1-minute, 30-seconds and received extra points
for the quality of the bribe, as well as showmanship.
Our set-up at Renninger's did not lend itself well to drag racing, so we tried something new this time, an alligator round-up.
To keep the audience entertained while the judges were busy calculating score sheets, I invited the racers to use their vehicles to move small stuffed alligators to the "open water" end of my son's old play mat. Really, what could be more Floridian than relocating alligators?!
The first racer to move two alligators to the water would win.
It didn't look like it was going to be much of a contest at first. MaiLee was the only one brave enough to try. But, once the other racers saw how much fun she was having, one by one they all joined. Then chaos ensued!