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Power Racing Series: Mod Your Childhood Memories

Modified car from last year's PPPRS.
Photo by Anne Petersen.

Adults who missed the thrill of Power Wheels or Little Tikes cars as a child now can go one better: by modifying the battery-powered child-size vehicles and competing at Maker Faire Detroit. Teams of DIY mechanic enthusiasts have been upgrading the small-scale cars far beyond stock performance levels to win prizes and bragging rights.

Among many other activities at Make magazine’s Maker Faire at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, July 31–August 1, the DieHard-sponsored Power Racing Series (PPPRS) will premiere. In its inaugural year the event was internal to PS: One, but this year brings teams together from far beyond the Midwest.

Jim Burke, a Pumping Station: One Director-at-Large and the Director of the PPPRS, said “I want Makers to meet face to face with a common project. Modifying and racing these toys is fun, creative, and challenging.”

This year, with DieHard Platinum batteries and chargers powering the series, nine teams from six different hackerspaces and makerspaces will compete in the three events of PPPRS: a drag race, a road race, and an endurance race. The PPPRS will be a main event at Maker Faire: Detroit, and families are encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!

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An Open Research Network

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When you connect to the network at Pumping Station: One by plugging in or via wireless, you are joining a very special network.

We’re one of the first networks to join with Agora Link.  Agora is the North American arm of a global Research network that is linking hackerspaces’ internal networks together into one awesome collaborative mesh.   We’re tied in with the ChaosVPN in Germany, and as of this past weekend we have 50 registered end points.  If interested, you can read more here:

What’s the payoff?  First up is a plan to host an international CTF competition using hackerspaces and other labs as the meeting points for teams. So look for more details on that in the near future.

More developments on this will be popping up throughout the next year.

This was co-posted from Matt’s “Openfly” blog post at NYC Resistor

Twitter: @agoralink

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Pumping Station:One, Power Wheels Featured in Time Out Chicago

PPPRS LogoLots of stuff going on with PowerWheels again this year. This time with a bit more press. Features on Make Blog and Time Out Chicago are out and about and let’s hope that keeps coming! It’s really exciting right now about all that is going on at PS:One. It’s pretty nifty and I have to say there’s a lot of people I’m thankful for that have helped make this happen. Before I rant on further about Powerwheels I’d like to spend time thanking them first. Here’s the short list:

  • Shawn for making the powerwheel work before Notacon
  • Hank for making that solid drive train
  • Ryan for wiring, website work and being our Official Field-Trip Party Wagon
  • Jordan for PR, emailing and working on the PW late into the night
  • Nicky for proofreading almost anything I throw at her
  • Jessica for buying the PW and working on that fancy packet
  • Josh for welding things to other things
  • Eric for pimping PPPRS to whomever is willing to hear about it
  • Jeff for making sure we don’t stick our fingers in electrical sockets
  • Sacha for ensuring we don’t Failboat so hard PS:one spins out of orbit
  • Everyone at i3 for working with us and Maker Faire
  • everyone else that have donated time and money that  I couldn’t remember off the top of my head

Let’s put this simple: This might be an event that I started, but this is event that everyone at the space is responsible for. You guys make this happen. Without your neighborly hacker help, this would never ever get off the ground. So I will continue thanking each and every one of you who have done your part. There’s just over three months to go before Maker Faire Detroit and if we keep this momentum, it’ll be great. Just wanted everyone to know that I’m proud of this space and all of its members.

Also, check out the PowerWheel trailer I finished last night to promote the event. I was sick when I did it so this is the result of Nyquil and Ibuprofen.

See you in Detroit!

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Sanctioning Body

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Pumping Station: One in the Columbia Chronicle!

Yesterday, Pumping Station: One was featured in an article in the Columbia Chronicle!  Thanks to Evan Minsker for coming out to our meeting a few weeks ago, interviewing some of our members, and writing the article about us.

Hello and welcome to anyone who came here after reading that article!  The article gives you a good idea of some of the things that we’re up to, but there’s definitely more to explore.  We are a group of people interested in a diverse range of art and technology…chances are that if you’re a person with creative ideas, you’ll find something interesting here.  Make sure you take a good look at our wiki; it’s full of information about who we are as an organization, and what kinds of projects our members are working on so far.  You can also join our public Google group and start talking to people involved in Pumping Station: One, or our  announcements Google group in order to hear about events we have coming up.

If you are intrigued by what you have read and you want to get involved, we’re excited to meet you!  The best way to get involved is to come to a meeting.  We meet every Tuesday night at Cafe Mercury, 1505 W. Chicago Ave., at 7:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings, learn about us, talk about projects, and become a member of Pumping Station: One!

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