Power Tools Racing

The James River Council for the Arts and Humanities invites you to this family friendly competitive event. Simple rules, tons of fun! Take a hand-held power tool, turn it a custom racing machine, and compete with your friends and neighbors. Don’t forget to decorate your racer and give it a bold name. Compete for prizes and bragging rights!

Through the use of long power cords, power triggers wired open by duct tape, zip ties or baling wire, and 12-inch wide, 75-foot wooden runs, mundane objects like belt sanders, drills and circular saws are converted into racing machines that speed down guided tracks and are caught by hay bales.

Vehicles

Eligible machines are single engine power tools with limited motor and gearing modifications. Power sources must be stock 110V provided for the tool. See rules at the end of this post for additional information.

The Track

The drag strip is 75′ of reasonably flat plywood track. There will be another 20′ or so to slow down with added semisoft material (typically hay bales) to help with the deceleration of the faster entries. Racers will run on parallel wood tracks 1′ wide with 2″ X 4″ rails on either side. We will make every effort to maintain the straightness and accuracy of this track, but expect some variation and bumps at the joints.

Entry Fee & Prizes

Registration to compete in Power Tools Racing is $25 per entry. Race day handlers must be 18 years of age or older, but youth may work with adults to build their racer. Click here to pay the registration fee (Under “contribution,” choose $25). Registration deadline is March 17, 2019.

Prizes will be given by the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities for speed, creativity, and artistic design.

Build Day

There will be a free build day for participants on Saturday, March 2nd at Vector Space. Participants need to bring their own power tool racer and materials, but will have access to the tools and expertise available at Vector Space. Build day starts at 10:00am (see Facebook event for further details).

Race Day

Power Tool Racing is a part of Lynchburg Mini Maker Faire.

When: March 24, 2019
Where: Randolph College, 2500 Rivermont Avenue
Race Times: First heat starts at 1:00pm
Registration deadline is March 17, 2019

Rules

Machines are to be based on handheld power tools. A handheld power tool is a machine intended for handheld operation by one individual. A machine primarily used on a stationary mount, or rolled on wheels, or used by a group of people is not a hand tool for the purposes of this event. This event is limited to hand tools powered by standard 40 amp 120 AC electric power cords. Examples of hand tools are machines like belt sanders, angle grinders, circular saws, drills, chainsaws, weed wackers, etc. Examples of things that are NOT hand tools are things like lawnmowers, floor sanders, generators, bench grinders, etc. No vehicles built from RC cars allowed.

AC electrical cords will be 100′ long per lane, originating at the starting line. They will have standard Edison 3-prong connectors. You will be responsible for “coiling” the cord on the ground or laying it alongside the track for your run. No spools or cord guides allowed, but duct tape will be provided so you can tape the connector together. Tangles or poor cord feed are your responsibility.

Eligible machines are single engine power tools with no motor modifications or non-standard power sources (i.e. engine and power source needs to be box stock). Propulsion can be direct drive to track via the original blades, belts, etc, or via a custom gear/chain/tire configurations. Frames, wheels, guide rails, etc can be added as desired. Any motor or power type is allowed. But all “motors” must have originated in a hand power tool and be in their original form, with original power source driving it. Thought should be given to the aesthetic of the racer, using creativity to turn a power tool into a unique racing vehicle.

Due to the nature of the event these machines can be very fast and very dangerous. ALL entries for any class MUST REGISTER their machine and be inspected prior to racing to make sure they will stay on the track and out of the audience. We also reserve the right to say “no, unsafe” at any time for whatever reason(s) we find relevant.

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Power Tools Racing Registration 2019

  • What type of handheld power tool will you be racing? (Ex. belt sander, circular saw, etc.)
  • Creativity encouraged
    Event planners will do everything possible to ensure Power Tool Racing is a safe and enjoyable event for all involved. However by participating in this event you acknowledge that there are risks involved (such as vehicles coming off the tracks). Power Tool Racer operators must be at least 18 years of age. We ask that all participants and audience members follow the instructions of race personnel on the day. Lynchburg Mini Maker Faire and Randolph College will not be responsible for any injuries resulting from failure to follow instructions. The James River Council for the Arts and Humanities reserves the right to disqualify at our discretion any racer that we believe violates Health and Safety standards. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • After submitting your registration, click here to pay the registration fee. Under "contribution," choose $25.