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The 3rd Annual 2010 Great West End & Railroad Square Handcar Regatta & Exposition of Mechanical & Artistic Wonders this past weekend was a blast (from the past)! Taking place in MAKE’s stomping grounds of Sonoma County, the event invites crews to create contraptions full of engineering prowess (and whimsy) to race on the defunct train tracks of Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square. The Regatta made us all proud, showing what an amazing homegrown event a dedicated crew of people can create.

I was there representing for MAKE and had the privilege of handing out the Spectacular Failure award, which went to the Delirium crew for their Sac Toe Geto Blaster. The crew had a great attitude and kept on trying to mod their failing machine until they finally lost a wheel. Yes, folks, they rode til the wheels fell off, all while staying positive and blasting music. Here’s what was left of the Geto Blaster (yes, the plaque reads “Haterville”):

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There were some really great contraptions representing mad skills and creativity, all racing their hearts out in the over 100-degree heat. If you want to check out more images, MAKE community member Kent K. Barnes snapped some great shots (like the one at top), as did O’Reilly’s Jonathan Johns (above shot).

One of my favorite contraptions at the Regatta was the Whiskeydrome, creating by the fine gentlemen of Whiskeydrunk Cycles. Here’s a video of three riders in the Whiskeydrome. Crew dog Eleanor clearly wanted a piece of that action!

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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  1. KentKB says:

    Thank you Goli for including my Photo in your post, I was so knocked out by the whole day, and the great participation by the city of Santa Rosa and it’s people.
    The steam punks, punkies, and punkettes in all their glory….
    Fun was had by all!

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      Thanks for taking great shots, and for the support, Kent!