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Rocketcar Day Eleven!!

#11 will be held on (Sunday) May the 3rd. Held @ same Location as last time. 
(It's all about the punctuation people!)


Mighty Burning Demon Rockets

This just in from Justin, An invite to an off-road rocketcar day and love-in:
Bring your D sized rockets and 4wd wheels for rocket card day Mighty
Burning Daemon on the 19th of June.
Location Alberrie Creek SA (though we might go up to Lake Eyre)
If your racing just ask around camp for Bruce or Justin and you will
find us.
It's your chance to win a Rocket Car day as the field will be small....
Brought to you by the Dog & Bucket Soundsystem.


more precious moments

thanks for these photos too maclaren.
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Line Up And crowd

thanks for the photo maclaren
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Sweet moments

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Launch Montage


Gallery of cars

Thanks Andra.
Good collection of car photos. Shows the great range ofj entries we had, from crazy-and-spinny to ninja-like in their purpose. Visit it here.


The Winner(s)

This year we had a final race between the top five contenders. This is a great advance, as the tension was palpable.

8.2 original flava
8.8 dragbert
10 cannon
14 legover

Congratulations Sandy and the amazing "Legover"


The numbers represent how many markers the cars ended up down the track. each marker is about 5 meters apart according to our pacing system (thanks anthia). so 2.1 means about 10meters, 2.5 means about 7 meters.. crazy

2.1 french connection
2.2 ship of fools
2.4 femur
2.8 rocket trellis
2.8 penguin
2.9 team jackipy?
3 bonza
3 iron board of death
3.1 Leas “L”
3.4 rockit
3.5 aus fast bowler
3.7 white triceretops
4 duck
4.1 rocket mouse
4.3 bamboo car
4.6 holy roller
4.6 bat mobile
4.7 red barron of doom
4.7 magnaflow
4.9 jetcar
4.9 atomic wedgie
5.5 fifth finger
5.5 Wipeout 5.5
5.6 mr unnatural
5.7 bimbette baby
6.1 lightning
6.55 offcuts
6.8 Cain
6.9 cannon
7.8 stripy gonzales
8.8 dragbert
9.1 original flava
11.5 legover

Cars In the Air

O.K. For sure. No more wings on rocketcars. This car flew far and lander in the fence.

Lovley Stencils

Someone painted lovely car stencils on the track. I was happy not to know who.

This mark is 2ft over a door

Maybe i lapsed for a bit, maybe things just happen. But this is a mark on the warehouse next to the track, about 8 ft in the air of a rocket car. Thankfully noone is that tall.

Exhibition Car

Phil brings a beutifully crafted compressed CO2 car. It made a great noise and trundled down the track. If anyone has photos, please send them (apply this generally for any photos of anything you people have). hello at rocketcarday.com


Where it's at

March 09 2008: Rocketcar Day X - the biggest small car race on the planet will be held on Sydney Steel Road in the majestic Marrickville, Sydney. Here's a map.

Get there at 12PM if you're racing. If you're just going to be screaming and running for your life, get there at 1pm for when the racing starts.
Please remember be polite to the cops if they turn up so they don't suspect anything is weird.


editted great moments

here's a most excellent collection of launches that makes it clear how great the day is:
montage one
montage two


i have made a facebook page for rocketcar day. God knows what facebook does, but if it does something useful for you sign up. I think it will probably remind you of stuff and start an awesome community of some sort, only on the internet. If you are a member already, become a fan or something.


Mailing list.

If you'd like to be informed by the email of advances in Rocketcar Day. Sign up by emailing hello [at] rocketcarday.com

The fun. The Science.

Rocketcar Day 9 was great. It inspired me to light a fire under us all for the 10th Rocketcar Day. Particularly, i hope to see a lot of next-level car plans bubbling away from old-skool contenders.and see less of this backwards-into-the-crowd action, and more shooting down the track like a fucking arrow.

RCDX : March 09 2008 : Marrickville

Prepare your selves for the 'ken-ultimate Rocketcar Day: the 10th and most incredible one yet. This time around we're expecting a unsurpassed turn out of geek genius battling each other for the rich reward of fame and a taste of the rocketcar day trophy, as burnt and broken as it is.



The Rules.

What are the rules?
The first rule of rocketcar day is "there are some rules"
- You have to make your own car (attaching a rocket to an existing model car is frowned upon)
- The cars are powered only by C size engines (these are about the size of your thumb)
- They have to be safe(ish) to race. A good way to find out if your car is safe, is to test it. you learn alot when there's a rocketcar bearing down on you.

There will be the following events:
Distance race (individually launched)
Top 10 showdown (10 cars race at once)
Judging will be based on distance and style points (the stupider the car the better)

Cars that are too light won’t be allowed to race, because they’ve been shown to tend to fly into people’s heads. At RCD9 we drew a little too much blood, so untested light cars won' race.

Rules and Guidelines

testing: You can learn alot about how good your theories regarding rocketcar design are from watching your creation pickup and fly out of contol towards someone. if you can : test your car. That said, there are 2 race categories. one for tested cars and one for first run cars.

General: while you can make anykind of car, sticking wheels onto a rocket will incurr some sort of shame demerit.
similarly, sticking a rocket onto a car is equally subject to frowning.

Materials: Whatever, In the interest of safety please ensure that metal components are kept to a minimum and as safe as possible.

Weight: avoid vey light cars. they are prone to spin around and shoot into the spectators and innocent bystanders.

Body shapes: Up to you but not just a single body tube. The event demands something interesting to look at and shapes aimed at aerodynamics solely will be frowned upon and may not be laughed at and drowned. Formula One style, saloon car, land speed record types, all types welcome. Plus anything new you can come up with. You have to make your own chassis (lego is totally acceptable, but glue it as well)

Motor types: C size rockets only in the race. Whatever the delay you like. C6 rockets seem to be cool. Only one motor to be used. No clustering or staging. You can buy them from hobby shops if you look trust worthy (swarthy types, trim beards first). These fit into a Romeo y Julieta no 3 cigar case nicely.

Wheels: Three at least but more are permissible and all must be in contact with the ground on the start line and every effort must be made to keep all on the ground during the run. A car, which is bouncing and/or whose wheels are leaving contact with the track too much, at the judges discretion, will be banned. The wheels can be inside or outside of the car body. The car must end up on all 4 wheels.

Remote Control : is not allowed due to it working one year.

Gyroscopic control : is allowed due to it never having worked yet.

woo hooooo etc.