Oh krap! Let’s get whimsical, Humboldt! Dear God, it is once again time for your Lost Koast Outpost’s Kinetic Grand Championship Koverage, your interwebz resource for identifying and keeping tabs on 2019’s krazy klass of kinetic kontraptions. We’re still doing this!
Below you will find photos, video, stats and race updates, divided up by sculpture. It’s kinda like Pokemon. Gotta cheer ‘em all!
See y’all out on the kourse. Something something glory. —Andrew Goff
(Scroll past UPDATES for PHOTOS/VIDEOS of ALL this year’s sculptures)
Photos by Andrew Goff and Stephanie McGeary
-General Race Updates- | Monday, 6:37 p.m.
2019 Kinetic Award Winners
Tri-peat! Your 2019 Kinetic Grand Champions react to their historic win
Triple the glory!
After three days of grueling sand, water and asphalt, local art nerds gathered in Ferndale Monday night to crown their 2019 Kinetic Grand Champion. This year’s winner is a familiar one to kinetics fans: For the third year in a row Team Trilobike showed their speed, art and engineering prowess to claim the event’s most coveted prize. Tri-peat achieved.
The feat holds some added significance for Trilobike team captain Steve McHaney. Before this year’s race, McHaney announced that this year’s race would be his last as a racer.
“It’s one of this things that sometimes in life you have to close one chapter and start another,” the retiring champion said. “And so the era of the Trilobike and this kind of art, that chapter is closing. I’m not going to do this anymore, but it’s really been awesome.”
McHaney added that while his pedaling days may be over he doesn’t plan to abandon kinetics. He plans to take a year off to see his son graduate school but then he plans to return to the race as a “peon” (kinetic lingo for non-racers who toil to help produce the event). And like a good kinetic championship, McHaney stayed on script to close out tonight’s festivities.
“There’s one las thing I want to say,” he said. “It’s for the glory!”
Scroll down for a list of the rest of this year’s award winners. Glory, glory, hallelujah!
-2019 Kinetic Grand Championship Awards-
2019 Kinetic Grand Champions
2019 ACE Award Professors
- Trilobike Carnival
- Sparky the Foster Dog
- Wheels of Dharma
- Bounce For Glory
- Lion Kings of Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Bikin’ Fools
- Truck a Duck
- Temple of the Sun
- Huggin’ Dogs
- Tuggin’ For Glory
Mediocre Award (For Team That Finishes in the Middle of the Pack)
Racers’ Choice Award
Best Junior Award
Best Pit Crew
Lifetime Achievement Award
- Team Weld Your Stuff
Goddess Jen-O Award
Port Townsend Award
Biggest Splash Award
The Golden Dinosaur Award
- Tuggin’ For Glory
The Golden Flipper Award (Water)
The Golden Flipper Award (Sand)
The Spirit of the Glorious Founder Award
One for the Little Guy
Second to Last Award
The Never Give Up Award
Teddy Bear Award
They Came From Out of Town
You Clever Rascal (Best Engineering for a Non-ACE Machine)
The Supernatural Award
#134 Blue Hawaii | Monday, 4:40 p.m.
#118 Lion Kings of Rock-n-Roll | Monday, 4:40 p.m.
#420 Hippiepotamus | Monday, 4:39 p.m.
#142 Needs More Cowbell | Monday, 4:35 p.m.