Race gathers steam

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Steampunker Sandy Byers-Evitt (aka Agent Ydans) holds her teapot racer, Release the Kraken, during last year's teapot racing.

INTO its third year, the Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists (SSSS) invites everyone to its annual Teapot Racing near the Queens Park band rotunda on Sunday, April 8, from 2pm.

Co-organiser Ange Gibbs said people of all ages were more than welcome to come along and watch, or compete, dress up in steampunk attire or not, and cheer for their favourite rig.

Competitors are encouraged to join in the fun by building and bringing along their own rigs to compete in the obstacle course, which involves racing teapots around various steampunk-themed obstacles, up ramps, jumps and possibly through tunnels to the finish line.

Depending on the compatibility of the teapot racers, this year there may also be a drag race or two.

Each year more and more people have come along to see what teapot racing was all about, Mrs Gibbs said.

“Some come dressed in their steampunk finery, some are just curious, and some go away inspired to create their own racing machine.”

This year members of the southern group are expecting an even bigger turnout to the free, family fun event.

Competitors can build their racer, beginning with a remote-controlled vehicle and replacing the original body with a teapot which fits on the chassis. Then it is up to the imagination of the racer to dress the teapot and rig up in a steampunk theme. Dimensions should be no more than 30cm high, 30cm wide and 40cm long, including flags and aerials.

Mrs Gibbs said each teapot would be timed as it raced around the obstacle course, with the aim for the racer to finish in two minutes.

“All ages could compete… everyone was welcome to come along to join in the hilarious fun.

“It’s all about fun, for those who want to punk up their teapots and race, or those who prefer to be on the sidelines encouraging or heckling. For the more sedate, there is always the option of bringing along a blanket or fold-up chair, a picnic and simply enjoy a cup of tea or two.”

For more information and teapot racing rules, go to the SSSS Facebook page.

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