Rocket Car Day 2010 – a blast :-)

Rocket lobsters and careening corn cobs: street races are a real blast

ELLIE HARVEY

April 12, 2010

Full steam ahead... a couple of hundred people gathered in Marrickville yesterday to watch contraptions being propelled by C4 rockets.

Full steam ahead… a couple of hundred people gathered in Marrickville yesterday to watch contraptions being propelled by C4 rockets. Photo: Dean Sewell

A TENNIS racket, a teddy bear, even a cooked lobster and a corn cob – if a rocket can be strapped to it, it is a worthy entrant.

What started as the obscure passion of a few mates – launching model rockets into the sky – has become somewhat of an underground phenomenon, with a couple of hundred people turning out yesterday afternoon to watch the rocket races in the backstreets of Marrickville.

Many thanks to the organizers of Rocket Car Day – my family had a blast 🙂 (4 of 5 of us are in this picture.) The event is both gloriously silly and extremely appealing. The mash up of arbitrary car and chemical rocket brings out a great range of the Sydney tech and creative scene.

We had no cars this time, but did have in the last few (Including @andragy’s failwhale). My pictures to come soon (assuming they worked). In the mean time, check out http://rocketcarday.com.

About Michael Harries

Technologist - emerging technologies, machine intelligence, foundational tech - startups and more.
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