21 January, 2008

Race 5, Who's Your Daddy?

You'll really want to see the movie for this. I turn my back for 5 minutes to bring another human life into the world (going great by the way), and look what happens.

Obviously intimidated by the sheer number of new carts, hungry for screen time in the movie, and without the watchful eye of their big brother, Hitman and Nob go crazy.
In the first Heat, Hitman tumbles Quicksilver in the AIGRF's first major incident. He is unscathed, and jumps back in to take 9th.
Not to be outdone, Double Trouble does a 180 half way down the track in Heat 2 and completes the course backwards, ending in a spectacular wheelie.
The two teamed up in Heat 3, and this is the result. Double Trouble will never be the same again...
Hello gentlemen of the SFVISBF! Look what you've inspired! My mum's not happy with you.
So, how did everyone else do?
Well, we've doubled the size of the field to 10 carts!
Welcome Bootylicious! An impressive start, taking second place in the trophy race.
Welcome Paddles! An even more impressive start, winning the trophy race. This thing is a bullet!
Welcome (finally) to Fruit Loop, which finished mid-pack, with the promise of greater things to come. Superkart 3000 also debuted all-new, wind-tunnel-tested, super-light body work.
Alas, a blown front tyre prevented us from seeing if this will cataput SK3K to that elusive win...
Agent Orange also sported some new hi-vis front body work. Worked like a charm. Better brakes didn't hurt, either.
The pilot of the Blue Bandit will be reconsidering shorts as safety equipment in light of this month's shenanigans. But it stayed out of trouble and climbed the rankings to finish 5th.
The Death Machine lived up to it's name, killing Double Trouble. Repairs are required, and it only just had new vents put in.

Here's the results:
  1. Paddles (awarded first trophy)
  2. Bootylicious (decided by arm wrestle)
  3. Death Machine
  4. Double Trouble
  5. Blue Bandit
  6. Dogbandit
  7. Fruit Loop
  8. Agent Orange
  9. Quicksilver (rolled then got back in and drove to the finish)
  10. Superkart 3000 (tyre blew and didn't quite make it to the finish line, awarded last trophy)
As always, a big thank you to our tireless support crew – driving, lifting, cooking, filming and administering first-aid.

More pics here and here. You won't want to miss the movie, it's a cracker!

08 January, 2008


There seems to have been a flurry of cart building activity over the Christmas break – here's another one!
This one's called Paddles – the inverted canoe. From the looks of the pics it has been built in an Aladin's cave of billy cart goodies.
It turns the 'two trolley' method of cart building on it's side – literally. Also contributing to the process were 2 pushies, a wheelchair, a mobility scooter,an electric scooter, a snowmobile, a bedframe, a pram, and a pocket bike.
It looks awesome and could mean 10 carts next race! Ten! More pics here.

07 January, 2008

Does this cart make my bum look big?

A new lady-racer is set to join the AIGRF, in this glorious, as yet unnamed cart.
EDIT: It now has a name – Bootylicious!
From this...
...to this. Strike me pink!
Sweet fancy Moses! Check out that complicated and elaborate looking rear axle set-up with fancy-pants disc brakes. Note to my mechanic: I want this. More pics here.

Fruit Loop

So, what happened to 'Fruit Loop', the much anticipated new cart profiled here that was supposed to be ready for Race 2? Well, this happened...
See, this is why we say you need brakes. You're not Fred Flintstone.
An ill-advised test run ended in disaster after catastrophic brake failure and all thoughts of completing the vehicle were abandoned. Until now.
After some quality shed time with people who know what they're doing, Fruit Loop is finally ready for action!
Isn't she a beauty?
Even the cows are impressed! More pics here and super-impressive build-up movie here!

04 January, 2008

Race Five

Happy New Year! AIGRF Race Five will be Sunday 20th January – "Who's Your Daddy?". Interested racers, camera crew and spectators please assemble at 6.00am SHARP at Bangalay Reserve on Croudace Road, Windale for race briefing and track details. We will assign grid positions, advise spectators where to go and travel to the track at 6.15am. After the race, there will be the usual BBQ breakfast and trophy presentation – BYO bacon and eggs.