Handcar Regatta and Exposition of Mechanical and Artistic Wonders

Dr. Erasmus P. Kitty presents The Great West End and Railroad Square Handcar Regatta and Exposition of Mechanical and Artistic Wonders, a celebration of art, science and ingenuity, this Sunday, September 28th at Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. The event features Mechanical & Artistic Wonders, Live Musical Performances, Sideshows & Curiosities, Steam Trunk Craft Show and an Engineers’ Arcade.

The Handcar Regatta represents a FREE public celebration of Mechanical, Visual, Culinary, and Costumed Performing Arts combined with an inclusive concept of Community Participation and Human Ingenuity embracing sustainability, alternative transportation, and good old fashioned fun.


Making its debut at the Handcar Regatta is The Lumbering Contraption a human-powered railcar powered by a large-scale hot-rod hamster wheel, built by The Tree House Crew, who created the wonderful Steampunk Tree House.

The Lumbering Contraption was designed to run on the rails and can accommodate 3-4 runners inside the 10′ dia. wheel, plus a Pilot “Chicken” up front… complete with “cow catcher”.

photo by Nick Winterhalter

via Sean Orlando

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