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Phillip suggested we mention the power tool drag races, a San Francisco event that’s been making the rounds for a while now.  He writes: “Get out the old tools and hop them up for an afternoon at the track!  There’s a discussion forum and a mailing list you can sign up for.  Cool!”

The linked site mentions an event last year — around the time of last years MAKEr Faire, if I remember correctly — but hopefully they’ll have some new events this year.  A quick search on YouTube’ll find you dozens of videos of the action.

Power Tool Drag Races [Main Site]

 

2 Responses to Event: Power Tool Drag Races

  1. Myself says:

    Okay, power tool drag races are just absurd enough, and I know there are some real geeks reading this site, that I feel it’s appropriate to mention a pet project of mine.

    Notacon is a Cleveland-area tech conference that happens every spring. It focuses on the creative side of technology, and this year we’ve got speakers on everything from ANSI art and tracked music, to solar power and Fark. The topics are all over the place, and it’s a lot of fun.

    I run the “Anything but Ethernet” contest at Notacon. If the similarity between a belt sander and a snowmobile strikes you as more than coincidental, perhaps you’ll appreciate servomotor-driven semaphore flags and a T1 circuit running over barbed wire.

    If you’re in the midwest, you should consider showing up. There’s something for everyone, most of the tech talks are designed to be accessible to laypeople, and the atmosphere is very friendly.

  2. Eric says:

    Now i’ve seen this a number of different times and it supposedly brings out some pretty big crowds.

    But i’m wondering if the trick to a good power tool rocket sled is rpm’s or torque?

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