What is a Kinetic Sculpture Race?

stuff arial, sans-serif;”>By George Miller

The Kinetic Sculpture Race, held Saturday, 10-17-15 in Ventura Harbor, has to be experienced, or at least observed,  to be truly understood. You also have to talk to the participants and the organizers, to find out why they do this and how they deal with the rules and challenges to succeed.

Some participants are here to make a statement, not to win. Some to do both. Some just for the fun of it. Some, because it is here.

The event is to draw attention to and raise funds for the Turning Point Foundation, which helps mentally-challenged people.

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Racers staged at Ventura Harbor Village this year, then raced the road leg to the launching ramp for the mud trial and sea leg. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

The race is quite a challenge- the course covers land, mud, sea, a difficult beach landing and a”figure 8 course.” It is not judged merely on who is fastest, but also on “engineering” and “artistry,” a judge squatting at a mudhole told me while competitors struggled to negotiate the course. The vehicles must be human-powered and meet certain road and marine safety requirements, which are checked before entrants may compete.

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Peter Wagner built and entered two vehicles, powered by himself and wife Jerri, from Davis, CA. They learned about the race via the Internet. Those tires are from sprint race cars. Photo: CitizensJournal.us


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Last minute fine-tuning at 2015 Kinetic Sculpture Race. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

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New, improved(?) design for 2015. Photo: CitizensJournal.us



First finishers of road race

First finishers of Kinetic Sculpture race road leg. Photo: CitizensJournal.us


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Sea leg launch

First finisher of sea leg


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The paddle wheels that propelled Silver Streak to first sea leg finisher at 2015 Kinetic sculpture race? Photo: CitizensJournal.us



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The Kinetic Sculpture Race event schedule and coursed changed in 2015.


George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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