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Midwestern Hackerspaces get makers together to modify kids' Power Wheels to encourage the public to become makers themselves.

So what is The Power Racing Series?

In July 2009, a group of hackerspace members from PS: One in Chicago, IL stumbled across a children's Power Wheels in a state of disrepair. With a little bit of TLC and a good dose of tinkering, the machine was up and running again in no time, and became the cause for much amusement as we drove it around the block for days, and then weeks. Then we made it faster. Then we made it better. Then we made a few more. Thus, the 'Pow-Pow' Power Racing Series was born.

From that fateful day, Power Racing has taken a life of its own. Teams from across the country prep their modified cars for drag races, crazy road courses and menacing endurance runs designed to bring out the engineer in everyone. Teams are restricted to a $500 budget (aside from safety equipment, of course). The Power Racing Series has since run a circuit through Maker Faire Detroit and Kansas City Maker Faire and includes teams from Sector 67, i3 Detroit, Omni Corp Detroit, Milwaukee Makerspace, CCCKC, and of course, PS: One.

We've got big goals.

We want the public to see the wonders of hackerspaces, to witness them share tools and resources. We want to use these tiny cars to promote the idea that making is for everyone: child, parent, and grandparent, and hackerspaces are the welcoming environment to support it. Motors and controllers are just as accessible as the downhill speedster of yesteryear. 

We are the Soapbox Derby of the 21st Century.

We need your help.

Due to the growing size of the series, we are in need of funds to continue spreading the epic proportions that are Power Racing Series. We want to launch more events, thus allowing for more participation from hackerspaces nationwide. We hope to continue to follow the Make circuit to more mini maker faires, and hopefully to Maker Faire San Mateo or Maker Faire New York in the upcoming season. We also would like to allocate funds to renting a more comprehensive timing system or financially supporting a community-built solution. 

To Recap.

Your donations to this project go towards the following:

  • renting or developing a timing and scoring system for the series
  • introducing new races to the calendar
  • affording more safety equipment for the drivers
  • affording increased travel and lodging expenses for our racers
  • inventing and build exciting new event obstacles

Join the party!

We want to make the 2012 season amazing, with the full support of the community. We've come together to offer some really fantastic gifts to our supporters. Our goal is to reach out to the public at large and advocate the wonders of making to everyone. We hope that this event will continue to show the public what hackerspaces are and what they are capable of doing.  We at PPPRS believe in the maker movement and promoting DIY self-reliance. We show our dedication by racing kids cars. 

Join us in bringing the Power Racing Series to your community!

Thank you,

The PPPRS team.

The Epic Rewards.

Without our supporters, we wouldn't have come as far as we did. So we decided we needed some really amazing rewards. We put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into these rewards, and we hope they will entice you!

$15. The Stickers of Awesome (5 pack).

$35. One slick t-shirt.

$75. Your high school yearbook wishes it was this cool.

$100 The Pink Trike forever immortalized in a Makerbot 3D model. 

(These are the images used to create the 3D model)

$150. Stick your mug on a Power Wheel.

$250. Get your name plastered on the track.** 

$700. You want to associate with the winners? We get that. Get your name on a trophy, along with all the above goodies.

$500. The VIP Pit Pack. Come hang out behind the scenes and see what goes into PPRS. 

$1000 Feeling bold? Feeling pink? Tired of running out there solo? Give the Pink Barbie Trike a go in an actual race. 

$1500. What goes better than ladies and kids Power Wheels? We think ladies dressed up as NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt on Black #3 Power Wheels. 

$2000 None of these cars good enough for you? That's cool. How about we build you a car and field your very own team? 

$5000. Welcome to the big leagues. You get your name all over us, and we will adore you eternally. 

Every donation above $350 gets the t-shirt, the 3D Trike, the Yearbook and the Stickers!

* Power Racing Series is a sport like (and unlike) any other. We can promise that the cars and the drivers will try their very best. Sometimes they win. Sometimes they don't. And all must follow the guidelines put forth in the racing guide, available here.

**Keep in mind that the banner is for ALL backers. The tier is limited to 25, for the number of backers permitted on the banner. Your name will be roughly the size of the "Name" in the image.

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    Your name will be added to the sponsor page of the website. And we are eternally grateful.

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    You will receive a PPPRS sticker set including 5 designs from PPPRS own Jim Burke. Stick them on your car, on your window, wherever your heart desires. You will also get your name on the website.

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    You will receive a newly designed PPPRS 2012 t-shirt again designed from the PPPRS mastermind Jim Burke. Wear it with pride, and enjoy hugs and comradere from other PPPRS fans. Of course, you'll also get your name on the sponsor page.

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    "The Not-So-Little-Sponsor": You, your company, or your group of friends gets a 4 x 5 inch sticker space on a the Power Wheels car of your choice for one of our race weekends. See your brand name get raced around the track at a whopping 20 mph. We'll also stick that logo of yours on the sponsor page.

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    The "VIP Fan": You get a weekend PIT LANE pass to a race of your choice! Hang out in the pits during races while every other fan has to stay off track. You also get the yearbook, our shirt, the MakerBot Trike, and our sticker 5-pack

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    The "VIP Special Sponsor Pack": Get your name on one of our reward trophies. That name will also show up on the 12ft banner. Get your brand on a 4 x 5" sticker on one of the cars are well. Take home the Yearbook, a shirt, the 3D Trike and a sticker 5 pack as goodies.

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    Just holding the Little Pink Trike not enough for you? Sad that the Trike is retired? We'll resurrect her and we'll enter you both into a 15 lap race. Don't feel like racing it? We'll race it for you.* You also get our yearbook, shirt, MakerBot Pink Trike, a 4x5 sticker sponsor, a name on one of our large banners and our sticker 5 pack!

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    What goes together better than women and ramped up kids power wheels? How about a gal dressed up like a legendary NASCAR driver? Karen Corbeill from i3 Detroit' was so tenacious last season that we decided it was time for her to look the part. See her dressed as 7-Time NASCAR Champion Dale Earnhardt and drive the black Goodwrench livered i3 car for the entire season.* You also get the the yearbook, our shirt, the MakerBot Trike, a 4x5 sticker space on one of our Power Wheels, your name/organization placed on one of the slots of our huge sponsor banner, and our sticker 5-pack.

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    Have you ever wanted to race in Power Racing Series, but don't have the time/resources to build your own vehicle? That's okay, we'll build it for you. Name it whatever your heart desires. Come out to the race, admire the handiwork, and see if you've got the chops to win. Not able to make it to the race? Let one of our qualified driver's drive it on your behalf.* You also get the Yearbook, Shirt, the 3D Trike, a 4x5 sticker space on one of our Power Wheels, your name/organization placed on one of the slots of our huge sponsor banner, and the sticker 5-pack.

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    "The-Great-Big-Sponsor": This is the cream-of-the-crop title sponsorship tier for Power Racing Series. You or your company gets to be the title sponsor of our series for the 2012 PPPRS season. Your branding will be on all 2012 Power Racing Series stickers, promo materials, schedule calendar, and on the website for the season beginning January 1, 2012. We will also be eternally grateful. You also get the yearbook, our shirt, the MakerBot Trike, a 4x5 sticker space on one of our Power Wheels, your name/organization placed on one of the slots of our huge sponsor banner, and our sticker 5-pack

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