Several weeks ago, I was invited to join or like a Facebook page for Splendid Teapot Racing. It’s a steampunk group for mounting teapots on remote control car chasses and running the contraption through an obstacle course. It looks to be the new con thing.
Simone Montgomery of New Zealand’s Capital! Steampunk group dreamed up Splendid Teapot Racing. It debuted at the 2014 Steampunk NZ Festival. March 2015 saw it debut at a Wellington Street festival called CubaDupa. There will be panels and races at the 2016 Steampunk World’s Fair.
The radio-controlled teapot races against a clock. The vehicle should be less than a foot tall. It has two minutes to navigate a course fraught with hazards like ramps, jumps and hopefully immovable objects. Points may be awarded for hazard avoidance, course completion and aesthetics. Points may be deducted for the same, as well as failure to complete the course in the allotted time. The Official Rules of Splendid Teapot Racing are available at Splendid Teapot Racing (PDF).