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Back-backtracking.

I’ve been just rotten with the follow-through on this blog. Seriously. Couple of days ago I promised to rant about meditation, and there was something else I planned to write about and forgot to. Anyway, since I’ve got a lot of writing ahead of me, and my ideas have been a little thin on the ground, I reckoned it wouldn’t be a bad idea to fill in a few gaps as I’ve left them.

The biggie as I see it at the moment, was the No Gas Nationals, which I’d provided a photo-laden lead-up to and then never came back to write up. So, heeeeeeere goes.

The day broke soggy and overcast and proceeded to unleash occasional bouts of torrential rain.

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Our bodies may have been soaked, but our spirits weren’t dampened:
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The variety of machinery present was staggering. There were racers in the trike style:

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A couple were based off old go-kart chassis:

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Others were clearly old bicycles modified for a low-slung seating position:
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Or in the case of Tylorrrrr, it was a new cargo bike hastily defiled for the special occasion:
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Also represented were:
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A wheelbarrow and some bits of an old riding lawn mower.

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Parts of an old rototiller, wheelchair, kiddie bike, and tractor seat.

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The Radio Flyer every kid dreamed of.

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A fantastic contraption based around an old crib frame.

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Renner’s famous coffin car.

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My Monstrosity.

And this:
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Some fantastic loon from Lawrence had constructed this out of the remains of an accordianmobile art-car project.
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So the tiny children’s bike up front really and actually was the steering. And the car’s stock brakes were still intact and functioning, so it stopped quite nicely actually.

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To get it back up the hill, the owner just hitched it to a pickup, and it towed tidily.

You might wonder how it went:

Surprisingly well, actually.

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As you can see, the prizes were handcrafted from the finest quality old bike parts and random gizmos. They were FANTASTIC. Especially the People’s Choice Award, a lovely shrine built out out a couple of old bike wheels, hundreds of silk flowers, and a light-up B.V.M.
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You cannot tell me that this is not a work of freakin’ glory.

Joel wore his infamous Speedo, motorcycle crash helmet and knee pads.
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Safety third, you know.

Joel, Tylor, and Speedy placed first, second, and third respectively, and Richard quite rightfully claimed the People’s Choice award.

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Capital “K” classy.

And if you want more, there are more videos and photos on the Flickr set I made for the occasion.

I’m totally looking forward to this foolishness again next year!

2 Responses to “Back-backtracking.”

  1. JohnSherck says:

    Just wandered over from Holidailies–what a neat event! Lots of creativity and ingenuity going on there.

  2. Meetzorp says:

    Heyo! Thanks for coming over for a visit. Hope you enjoy the bounty of babble ahead of you!

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