What may seem to be an innocent toy that was bought for children in their youth, or not, by those deprived by their parents. Has found a home for some of the members of Pumping Station: One in Chicago. In very much the style of Bring Your Own Big Wheel in San Francisco that used to run down Lombard Street, and power tool drag racing, the newly formed P-P-PRWS will be creating a multi race series where people will hack, mod, pilfer, and costume these childhood toys to devices that pop wheelies go at least 10-15 mph and might even spit fire.
A scene from last years BYOBW
Right now the first batch of Power Wheels and teams are forming and getting ready for the first race that seems to be at the end of June. Below is the post from the Pumping Station: One site.
POW POW Power Wheels Racing Series
Who wants to mod and race Power Wheels?
All of you? That’s what i thought.
Chicago’s only hackerspace, Pumping Station: One, will be organizing into teams, and having each team mod, race, fix, and continue racing a Power Wheels vehicle through a series of trials and tribulations. For $40, you can have your very own functional Power Wheels, for you and your team (if you’d like to work in a group) to modify and race!
Join in, or you will be missing the most epic event in hackerspace history: the Power Wheels Racing Series.
*cough* What I meant to say was that Paul Mantz, the soon to be Vice President of Chicago based Pumping Station: One today wrote a wonderful blog post detailing the events surrounding the start and current status of PS: One.
Since Eric, myself, and a few others started drumming up interest, we’ve come along way. We drummed up an excellent name from a friend of mine at Verecundia; Pumping Station: One. We’ve started to visit other similar groups, and look at now defunct groups (Dorkbot Chicago, I’m looking at you), garnishing interest. Things started to take shape, and here we are. Our evangelistic efforts have now placed our pledged initial membership group to over 20 people. This is not far from the target sustainability level necessary to keep the place afloat by membership fees. We’ve registered as a non-profit organization in Illinois and gotten our IRS numbers in order. We’re investigating spaces and soon we’ll have our financials set up, collecting membership dues, and vote on our bylaws. And most importantly, we’re learning & creating. In essence, we’re not far from having a grass-roots, non-profit, self-sustaining art & technology collective in the span of six months.
I invite anyone in the Chicago area, or anyone who may be passing through, to follow the progress of Pumping Station: One. We’ve got a lot planned, and we’re always looking for new members to contribute ideas.
In the next week we’ll be signing in our bylaws, having our first elections, taking our first membership dues, with $2400 already coming in as donations to bootstrap the space. All in all it’s looking pretty good. Hope this is a inspiration to many others.
Editors Note: I am one of the founding members of the group.