Full steam ahead


Montessori Invercargill youngsters (from left) Jacob Clark (4), Thiago Cardoso (3) and Manaus Cardoso (4), dressed in steampunk attire, check out a steampunk remote-controlled teapot racer.

Hosted by the Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists, teapot racing has been held annually at the Queens Park bank rotunda for the past six years. Organisers of the free event welcomed people of all ages to come along, either to watch or compete.

To race a teapot, it was mounted on to a remote-controlled vehicle chassis to compete in an obstacle course, which involved racing teapots around various steampunk-themed obstacles, up ramps, jumps and through a tunnel to the finish line.

Teacher aide Sandy Byers-Evitt, who also helped to promote steampunk and teapot racing at the recent Edendale Crank Up weekend, said people just had to turn up on the day with their teapot racer, or come along to have a look and enjoy the afternoon.

This year’s race would be held on Sunday at 2pm. Dressing in steampunk attire was optional.

Photo: Sandy Byers-Evitt