|Jamie and Isobel on the course, getting ready to run.|
I still own most of the parts of this Lego Technic 8860 kit from 1980 - thanks to Mum and Dad for keeping hold of this for me!
So a week ahead of schedule we got down to work. We drew up a cheat sheet of what we felt were the main issues: terrain and hill gradient, wheel choice, centre of gravity and vehicle weight.
|Secret plans, secret plans... plot, hatch, scheme.|
|Say hello to 'Old Skool - 1980'. All your race R belong to US.|
The main race stipulations being that your entry had to fit within a 40cm cubic dimension. All parts must be actual lego. No adhesives or extra weight to be used or fitted internally. Your vehicle MUST be able to transport at least one Lego mini-figure. Didn't say nuthin' about having THREE mini-figures.
|Helms-man, Navigator and Psy-Ops.|
|Sweet, forgiving asphalt. Not the usual stone-chip NZ road surface.|
|For Glory! ... and a smash up at the end|
|First look at some of the competition.|
|Heat two for the open class, Jamie gets a last minute tip on direction from a race official.|
|City Arts Manager Martin Rodgers from the Wellington City Council doing a great job on the mic.|
|Unorthodox Death Machine on the loose!|
We won video rental, dessert pizza from Hell.co.nz and a nice ceramic mug. Congratulations to all the well-deserved wins in the other divisions, [you can see more of the winners in the gallery] and well done Island Bay for hosting Wellington's very first Lego Downhill Derby.
Next year I think I'll take a more back-seat stance and have our kids build and enter their own vehicles now we know the lay of the land. We've got a heads up on next years design already.