These ice-block racers had the right idea. Handcar Regatta 2009 was hotter than ever. Plus, it tripled the attendees and racers from its inaugural year. If you missed it, be sure to trek on up to Railroad Square in Santa Rosa next year.
Muir Houghton‘s Absolution Booth.
Tom Waits cruisin’ through the Handcar Regatta.
Action shot of the Steampunk On Stilts giving a huge high five.
Now if this isn’t a family of bona-fide explorers, I don’t know who is.
Les Claypool announced all the afternoon’s racers.
Side-burned racer from the car above.
Nice beer sign for Lagunitas. Equating things down to simple math. And drunken frogs.
Winslow and Beau melting ice cream with their outfits.
This cool old car had a temperature gauge in the hood ornament so you could tell if it was overheating without having to pull over. Brilliant.
Cyclecide stencil on the outside of their bus. They were at the last Handcar Regatta. Not to mention the Power Tool Drag Races … whatever happened to those?
Everett on the kiddie ride from Cyclecide. Dig the warning, “You voluntarily assume the risk of serious injury or death just by attending this event.” No joke.
Everett outside the bicycle-powered swings from Cyclecide. When this gets going, people get spun around nearly horizontal. Pretty rad.
The Porch stage rockin’ and bouncin’.
I know for a fact the Strongman’s moustache was fake. But the Bearded Lady’s chest hair?
From the makers of The Golden Mean, Electrobite. More pics and info here.
More pics of The Golden Mean Snail Car here on The Umlaut.
Dig the crocheted-design of that Trader Joe’s brand Simpler Times beer can.
Dueling Penny Farthings.
ArtStart’s “The Flight of the Splendiforous Humdinger Dirigible Brigade”
… How to felt a moustache.
August at the Make Zine booth with a freshly felted ‘stache, courtesy of Melissa and Brookelynn’s handiwork.
Two Penny racer at the Finish Line. It was a long, hot day.
See more racers at the Handcar Regatta’s Engineers’ Arcade.