Wrapping up the Klamath Kinetic Challenge

Lance Wentz, left, Denise Currin and Dawn Jennings Peterson talk about the perpetual award presented to Mills School at the Kinetic Challenge awards ceremony.

Lance Wentz, left, Denise Currin and Dawn Jennings Peterson talk about the perpetual award presented to Mills School at the Kinetic Challenge awards ceremony.

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Another year of kinetic thrills and spills is in the books.

“It’s a challenge and not a race, because all of the kinetic sculpture crews work together to help everyone finish the course,” said mistress of ceremonies Dawn Jennings Peterson. Throughout the event teams helped each other with supplies and resources, such as portable welders, to keep rolling. Peterson and Lance Wentz, board president of Klamath Kinetic Challenge, presented awards Sunday for achievements made during the event.

Sculpture pilots who received “Pel” status for completing the course without pushing, pulling or breaking other rules included Riki Bedford and Laura Duncan-Allen of Banana Flambe, Tony Bunyard of the Zombie Pooh Chew Train, Peter Wagner of Vitruvian Man, Jerri Wagner of Chariot Chopper, and Scott Campbell and Pam Slocum of the Zoo Crew.

Klamath Kinetic Challenge founder Denise Currin presented the students of Mills Elementary a perpetual trophy to be passed along each year. The students partnered with Oregon Institute of Technology’s student chapter of the Association of Mechanical Engineers to enter Hootie’s Mustang Schooner. Hootie is Oregon Tech’s mascot, while Mills School’s is the Mustangs. Currin noted that the partnership was the type of local involvement she envisioned in beginning the challenge in 2005. Those involved in the project were Matthew Barber, Peter Bach, Hannah Watah, John Huffman, Antonio Landin, Mickayla Matheney, Ralph Watah and Emilio Mendoza.

Marcus Peterson was given the Sugar Daddy trophy for being the major sponsor of the event. He passed the trophy along to Tom Bedford who originally engineered the Zombie Pooh Chew Train, which is raced by Peterson’s team. Mr. Bedford also engineered the top entry this year: Banana Flambe.

Additionally, a number of other awards were also garnered:

Far Out Man for the team traveling the furthest distance: Campbell and Slocum of Zoo Crew from Santa Cruz, Calif. The trophy was sponsored by KOA.

Most Likely to Break Down determined by engineering judges prior to race: Hootie’s Mustang Schooner. The trophy was sponsored by Jay’s Towing.

Pelican Brief for being the first sculpture to break down: The Gladiatrix.

Dancing Grebe for making the largest splash on water entry: Chariot Chopper. The trophy was sponsored by Rosemary Whitaker of Century 21 Showcase.

Mad Mudder for the best effort in the mud pit: Zombie Pooh Chew Train. The trophy was sponsored by Klamath Sewing Machine Center.

Dead Last But Finished: The Gladiatrix. The trophy was sponsored by The Ledge.

Big Chicken for timid entries into the water and mud obstacles: Zoo Crew. The trophy was sponsored by Ace Towing.

Stuck Duck for completing the challenge in the middle of the pack: Chariot Chopper.

Spirit for exemplifying the determination to finish the challenge against all obstacles: Hootie’s Mustang Schooner. The trophy was sponsored by Basin Brewing Company.

Van Go Go for outstanding art: Kelsea and Ray Cooper of Bedrock Buggy. The trophy was sponsored by Holliday Jewelry.

Gizmomania for engineering excellence: Zoo Crew. The trophy was sponsored by Rick Welding.

Roadrunner for completing the course in the fastest time: Vitruvian Man.

Owl for best performance from a local team: Zombie Pooh Chew Train. The trophy was sponsored by Edwin Tuhy of Klamath Eye Center.

Eagle for outstanding overall performance: Banana Flambe.

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