Circus Extravaganza reward is 50% of. See Rewards section.
Dave and Vicki had been wanting to build a vehicle to enter in the Kinetic Grand Championship. Shannon O'Hare wanted to build a vehicle for the Hand Car Regatta. Shannon's bother, Kevin has long wanted to build "The Car of the Future" from an 1890's magazine. So one day Kevin dropped his chocolate in my peanut butter and Shannon said, "We should build a vehicle that is covered in chocolate and peanut butter and enter all three events." (Joking, the Parlor will seldom at most, and only accidentally, be covered in chocolate and peanut butter.)
The Body of the Parlor Car will be aluminum sheet metal. The interior will be refined and inviting with nice lighting, distinctive amenities such as cup holders and it will have its chains and sprockets located under the floor boards as much as possible. All of the refinements might not be finished by the Kinetic Grand Championship.
The Kinetic Grand Championship is limited to vehicles that are pedal powered. The course is over forty miles long, takes three days, and involves steep hills on pavement and sand and there is one section over the sea. Instead of pontoons we are now thinking of using six exercise balls because they are much cheaper and I don't think any one has done that before. We are also hoping to use a propeller for propulsion through the water instead of paddle wheel attachments - just to be different. Because it's not there.
The Hand Car Regatta is a race in Santa Rosa on Rail Road Tracks. We have designed our vehicle with the proper wheel spacing and we hope to devise a simple method to keep the wheels on the tracks.
The third event we wish to attend is Burning Man. We are hoping to have some form of power assist by then. If we can enter all three events we will be the first kinetic sculpture to do so. We are calling this the Kinetic Triple Crown.
Four of us drove to Arcata a few weeks ago and learned from long time Kinetic builders; Brian, the Funguy and Ken Beidelman that the differential we had already modified for our purpose was not strong enough. So we had to scrap that and go to plan B, which is separate drive train for each rear wheel. This means duplicating all the sprockets and chains on each side and practically doubling our costs. Everything is costing a lot.Our antique wheels require expensive motorcycle tires. The needed parts and devices are too numerous to list and each has a story. It is all fun to build but expensive.
We are hoping to get some help on this project but we don't expect anyone to donate for free. Does that make sense? Everyone who donates should ride on at least one of our vehicles. The smaller donations will get wonderful accessories that will appreciate in value as our appreciation swells and bulges. (writing ugh - hard) The larger donations will receive events in their honor such a Dinner on the Playa, Steampunk Wedding or the Circus Extravaganza. And this time, the Chocolate and Peanut Butter are on me.
Do I need to say that tickets and travel to any event is not included?
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