Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kinetic Kickoff, in Photos

Posted By on Sun, May 24, 2015 at 12:54 PM

click to enlarge Steampunk Shark chomps its jaws for the crowd and the glory. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Steampunk Shark chomps its jaws for the crowd and the glory.
The 47th annual Kinetic Grand Championship is underway, with dozens of teams traversing 40 miles of asphalt, sand and water in pursuit of the glory. A trio of Journal contributors — photographers Alexander Woodard, Mark McKenna and Mark Larson — are following the madness. Here's some of what they've shared so far... and be sure to check back early next week when we'll package the best images from the three-day race.


click to enlarge Members of the Hot Roddenberrys practice their dance prior to unveiling it on the plaza for an audience and judges. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Members of the Hot Roddenberrys practice their dance prior to unveiling it on the plaza for an audience and judges.
click to enlarge The Hot Roddenberrys warp past the crowd on the Arcata Plaza. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • The Hot Roddenberrys warp past the crowd on the Arcata Plaza.
click to enlarge Team Hoosier Daddy prepares for the required brake check. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Team Hoosier Daddy prepares for the required brake check.
click to enlarge Meri, The Monarch floats past the judges. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Meri, The Monarch floats past the judges.
click to enlarge The Mountainears completing their "bribe" dance and song to the judges before making their gettaway. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • The Mountainears completing their "bribe" dance and song to the judges before making their gettaway.
click to enlarge Funguys Too.20 and their posse make their presence known to the public with a loud truck horn. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Funguys Too.20 and their posse make their presence known to the public with a loud truck horn.
click to enlarge Funguys Too.20 wait for the start of the 2015 Kinetic Grand Championship on the Arcata Plaza Saturday. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Funguys Too.20 wait for the start of the 2015 Kinetic Grand Championship on the Arcata Plaza Saturday.
click to enlarge Buggy For Glory inches his way past the "break check" area. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Buggy For Glory inches his way past the "break check" area.
click to enlarge Buggy for Glory pilot Peter Wagner has raced for the past 12 years and aced it nine times. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Buggy for Glory pilot Peter Wagner has raced for the past 12 years and aced it nine times.
click to enlarge Bikin' Fools unveil themselves to the judges at the mandatory break check. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Bikin' Fools unveil themselves to the judges at the mandatory break check.
click to enlarge The Moonshine Banditos take their cart for a swing in front of the judges and crowd. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • The Moonshine Banditos take their cart for a swing in front of the judges and crowd.
click to enlarge Shell's Angels, followed by its biker gang entourage. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Shell's Angels, followed by its biker gang entourage.
click to enlarge Shell's Angels finishes their pageantry in front of the Jacoby Store house. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Shell's Angels finishes their pageantry in front of the Jacoby Store house.

click to enlarge Tie-Lo-Bike's pilot give's the thumbs up during the start of the race. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Tie-Lo-Bike's pilot give's the thumbs up during the start of the race.
click to enlarge Screwball makes its first lap around the Arcata Plaza. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Screwball makes its first lap around the Arcata Plaza.
click to enlarge Whale of a Wedding, barely made the corner of the Arcata Plaza. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Whale of a Wedding, barely made the corner of the Arcata Plaza.
click to enlarge Pineapple Express speed their way down to impress the awaiting judges. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Pineapple Express speed their way down to impress the awaiting judges.
click to enlarge Members of Melven make their way past the audiences and plaza before the race. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Members of Melven make their way past the audiences and plaza before the race.
click to enlarge The Goddess Busy Bee makes its way onward prior to the beginning of the race. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • The Goddess Busy Bee makes its way onward prior to the beginning of the race.
click to enlarge Spuce Duce makes it's second lap on the Arcata Plaza. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Spuce Duce makes it's second lap on the Arcata Plaza.
click to enlarge Team Melvin crew pull ropes while the pilots peddle to ascend the dune that leads to Deadman's Drop. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Team Melvin crew pull ropes while the pilots peddle to ascend the dune that leads to Deadman's Drop.
click to enlarge Gary Silver of Shells Angles helps get the sculpture to the top of the dune just before Deadman's Drop. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Gary Silver of Shells Angles helps get the sculpture to the top of the dune just before Deadman's Drop.
click to enlarge Shells Angels prepares to take Deadman's Drop. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Shells Angels prepares to take Deadman's Drop.
click to enlarge Bite Me, Punk unleashes some steam toward the crowds and lets out a roaring fin flame. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Bite Me, Punk unleashes some steam toward the crowds and lets out a roaring fin flame.
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