Power Racing Series launched a Kickstarter campaign on September 20, 2011 to raise $20,000 in funds to cover their increased travel expenses, provide a more accurate timing and safety systems and increase the amount of races for the 2012 season.
PPPRS, or ‘Pow-Pow’ Power Racing Series began local to Chicago hackerspace Pumping Station: One in July 2009. Since its conception they have now hosted races at Maker Faire Detroit and Kansas City Mini-Maker Faire. The last race included over 22 cars from hackerspaces such as Sector 67, CCKC and i3 Detroit.
Power Racing Series was recently recognized in the October issue of Wired Magazine.
The Power Racing Series is raising funds through Thursday, October 20 for the following:
- renting or developing a timing and scoring system for the series;
- introducing new races to the 2012 calendar;
- affording more safety equipment for the drivers;
- affording increased travel and lodging expenses for our racers
- inventing and building exciting new event obstacles.
Reward tiers for the Kickstarter include collector-card style stickers of some of the most popular vehicles thus far, a special edition t-shirt, a 2011 yearbook, a 3D MakerBot print of the renowned “Pink Barbie Trike”, as well as various levels of sponsorship of cars, races, and the series itself.
Power Racing Series is run by Pumping Station: One member Jim Burke. Jim is a full time artist and part time balloon baron who enjoys combining the arts with technology. Jim is currently working with Electromagnate Studios on a documentary titled Remade: The Rebirth of the Maker Movement. For more information about Power Racing Series visit the website: http://www.powerracingseries.org. The Kickstarter is available here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/308894311/778607148