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Alternative transportation tinkerers: the city of Wheeling, Indiana has a call for entries for their Race for the Future competition. The objective is to build a vehicle that uses something besides traditional fuels, solar cells and batteries, and then race it on a 5 mile long course. It sounds like it would be a great challenge for a hackerspace to rally around, and rumor has it that Chicago’s Pumping Station: One already has two teams signed up. From their website:

It is our mission to create a venue, in Whiting Indiana, where inventors of engines and self propelled vehicles powered by nontraditional sources can come together to compete and exchange ideas. We wish to encourage inventors, whether novice or seasoned professional, in their craft by offering recognition, media coverage, and cash prizes so that it is exciting and worthwhile to take up our challenge. We are dedicated to nurturing of the creative spirit in all men and women.

[via hackerspaces flux]