The Horseless Carriage 2.0
A semi-retired Kinetic Sculpture Racer
The Horsless Carriage 2.0 since January 2017 has been enjoying new glory with its new caretakers in San Antonio Texas. It's earning ribbons - and has been to The Alamo!
I had conceived of the idea for Horseless Carriage 2.0 shortly following my first Kinetic Race in Eureka. ATV tires are not well suited for such an extremely long course, so I began thinking about what wheels would be good for long road distances - and be something I hadn't already seen. I also decided to leverage my extensive wood working experience for this vehicle.
It took about 2 years to complete the vehicle (over a 3 year period due to the 'distraction' of my fire zoetrope "When Dove's Fry").
In October 2012, the Horseless Carriage finally ACED a kinetic race, the 15th Ventura Kinetic Race - and was also awarded First Place Art and Spectator's Choice! The ACE came with some difficulty. The steel ribs on the latest sand tread design buckled under the weight of the vehicle. However, these rubber and steel treads would not crumble, and with the assistance of the pit crew we were able to complete the sand portion of the race. The vehicle's first run in the mud was an incredible success, utilizing large rope wrapped around the drive wheels as cleets.