Power Racing Series launched a Kickstarter campaign on September 20, 2011 to raise $20,000 in funds to cover their increased travel expenses, provide a more accurate timing and safety systems and increase the amount of races for the 2012 season.
PPPRS, or ‘Pow-Pow’ Power Racing Series began local to Chicago hackerspace Pumping Station: One in July 2009. Since its conception they have now hosted races at Maker Faire Detroit and Kansas City Mini-Maker Faire. The last race included over 22 cars from hackerspaces such as Sector 67, CCKC and i3 Detroit.
Power Racing Series was recently recognized in the October issue of Wired Magazine.
The Power Racing Series is raising funds through Thursday, October 20 for the following:
- renting or developing a timing and scoring system for the series;
- introducing new races to the 2012 calendar;
- affording more safety equipment for the drivers;
- affording increased travel and lodging expenses for our racers
- inventing and building exciting new event obstacles.
Reward tiers for the Kickstarter include collector-card style stickers of some of the most popular vehicles thus far, a special edition t-shirt, a 2011 yearbook, a 3D MakerBot print of the renowned “Pink Barbie Trike”, as well as various levels of sponsorship of cars, races, and the series itself.
Power Racing Series is run by Pumping Station: One member Jim Burke. Jim is a full time artist and part time balloon baron who enjoys combining the arts with technology. Jim is currently working with Electromagnate Studios on a documentary titled Remade: The Rebirth of the Maker Movement. For more information about Power Racing Series visit the website: http://www.powerracingseries.org. The Kickstarter is available here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/308894311/778607148
During Open Shop Friday, our head of the “beautification committee”, Karen, jumped back in the saddle to give the space a spiff. After giving the loft treehouse a spruce by repairing vines and replacing a strand of lights that had gone out, she jumped over to the welding area for some instructing. Earlier this year, Karen had begun making signs for the different areas of the space, but had only gotten as far as the Electronics storage area. Last night, Nate W. taught Matt O. the ways of the MIG and they started in on the sign for the welding area. With some help from Hans, Karen finished the sign. Task complete! With some Genie-straddling action and assistance from Dustin, the sign is now mounted shining over the glory that is the welding bench.
Another area labeled with awesomeness. Job well done.
It’s time for another Open Shop Friday, kicking off around 7pm.
There will be welding: Our welding area has a new sign, and it needs to be mounted…
There will be decorating: The treehouse (loft) is due for a revamp of the lights, vines, and leaves.
There may be junk: When our “graveyard” fills up, the junk therein becomes fair game. Last week, a VCR was turned into a skateboard (and named the “Tape Deck”), and a starship with leather warp nacelles was… constructed.
We’d like to welcome anyone who heard that story, and anyone else for that matter, to our semi-regular Open Shop Friday. Starting around 6pm, the doors will be open. Come in and meet a few members, we’ll be doing tours and intros all night. Bring a project to work on, bring a friend, but most of all, bring your curiosity!
There is a Major League Gaming tournament this weekend in Raleigh. The plan is to watch the stream of the Starcraft 2 championship on Sunday from 6pm-11pm at i3Detroit with fellow SC2 enthusiasts. If there is a growing interest in “Barcraft” events, then next time I’ll talk with a bar owner and try to organize something. We aren’t alone. This week there was a Wall Street Journal article about folks watching Starcraft in bars. Sadly there is no Michigan event which is why I’m trying this at i3.
So if you want to see what eSports is all about be at i3 this Sunday (8/28/2011) at 6pm. We’ll order some pizza and watch the Champions duke it out. BYOB.
Questions? contact SWiT
phone: (248) 906-8473
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