The Dumpster Divers from Philadelphia have been racing every year since 1999—a record for
Baltimore Kinetic persistence matched only by the sponsoring American Visionary Art Museum. This year, they
brought Big Bamboo, made of hand-picked trash
and home-grown bamboo.
Big Bamboo was designed as a dragster, and from the side, the large rear wheels hid the pilot and made
it appear as though its sock puppet were driving, complete with his own steering wheel.
This year there was a bit of excitement when they entered the water and tilted somewhat, but they soon righted
themselves and proceeded around the pier without undue calamity.
Big Bamboo looked quite similar to 2009’s
Green Racer, famous for
its dramatic Harbor flip.