Saturday 6 May 2023
The spirit of Hobart Brown blessed Baltimore with fine sunny weather for the 22nd Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race East Coast Championship. The theme Everyday People was well-represented in many sculptures presenting everyday people—but several entries were contrarily based on gold and royalty of the British and Egyptian sorts.
Until this day, someone asking for the most dramatic story on the water would learn about 2004, when the Make Believers entered a 3-car circus train called Cirque de Sore Legs. It blew so far off course the Baltimore City Police boat rigged it to tow back to shore. Under tow, it broke apart, leaving pilots dressed as a lion tamer, lion, bear, and fortune teller adrift, until they were separately rescued by spectators who had come to see the race via kayak.
2023 added another dramatic water entry to the history books: Team Cap Kinetic entered Engines & Dragons, a fire engine that was next-to-last at the water entry. A few spectators had even started to leave, poor dears. The fire engine never looked particularly stable going around the pier, but with landfall approaching the crowd roared when they rolled heavily to the right, then completely upside down. Heroes from the real Baltimore City Fire Department rescue boats jumped into the harbor to ensure everyone was safe, then helped flip the fire engine back upright. And despite all that, the team put everything back together (except what sank to the bottom of the bay) and finished the race! Don't miss the photos and video.
Our 8 all-terrain photographers followed the race from start to finish, taking 11,291 photos; the best 327 are in this report. Thanks to camera and computer improvements, we also provide 78% more pixels per photo than last year, for clearer images than ever before. We’ve also posted videos on the Engines & Dragons and the Opening Ceremony & Start page.
We thank Service Photo, Baltimore’s awesome full-service camera shop on Falls Road for setting us up with a slightly used Canon mirrorless when one of our workhorse SLRs died the day before the race. We also thank Lensrentals from whom we arranged four cameras and related equipment.
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Grand Champion: Mr. Jon Dig-It
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