Episode 3: Kinetic Grand Championship
Have you ever been out for a paddle in your kayak and all of a sudden a dragon came rushing into the water? Ever been out on the range, moseying across the wilderness and come across a 20-foot long taco truck? No? Well, then you haven’t been to Humboldt County, California, USA for the Kinetic Grand Championship!
The Kinetic Grand Championship is a 50-mile race of Kinetic Sculptures. These sculptures are all-terrain human-powered art vehicles, engineered to race over road, water, mud, and sand. It’s been going on for almost 50 years, in fact, this year on Memorial Day weekend will be the 50th running of the arts. This is a pretty crazy race.
We start the episode talking to Jennete Kime the main race organizer. She has been with the race for quite a while so is the perfect person to fill us in on all the rules, prizes and general attitude of this crazy race.
Jennete introduces us to Tappy Nelson who has been piloting one of these machines for 37 years. She had no idea how much it would become part of her life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Tappy shares with us some of her experiences and gives us a great first-hand look at competing in the race.
Next up we have Jenny and Billy. They are pilots and artists and have intimate knowledge building and racing these fabulous machines.
Finally, we meet Dawn and Bob who are also racers but are really passionate about the “Kinetic Family” that has grown around the event.
You’re not going to believe your ears when you hear what the race entails and the incredibly amazing pieces of art they make to tackle this course. Did I say amazing yet? It’s amazing.
As promised in the episode, have a look down below for pictures of some of the incredible machines in the episode.
Find out more about The Kinetic Grand Championship
Find out more about The ‘Kinetic Kompendium’ book
Find out more about The Kinetic Sculpture Lab
Ways to get involved with RoShamBo!
Are you subscribed? Good. If not, subscribe from your favorite podcast provider so you'll always be up to date.
Love us? Hate us? Think we're just okay? Great! Leave us a review at aforementioned favorite podcast provider. It really makes a difference.
Know of a unique competition that we need to cover? Let us know in the comments, on the contact page, or send an email to