Team Hobart greets all Bridgevalians and fellow aliens!

We had a lovely ride from Planet Ferndale whizzing into your solar system and up Route 36. Our drone camera captured our picture as we first sighted the lost coast.

We come bearing the requisite compressed aluminum which has been wrapped for your protection against Old-Timers Disease and assay certificates for same.

Our craft is a hand built disk shaped Pentaflyer Mark One. It is about 13 inches across and weighs 1.5 pounds fully loaded. It accelerates rapidly and can achieve up to 9.8 meters/sec2 one second into flight.

Two buttons which control the movement of the Pentaflyer.

Green is for go and Red is for stop.

Flying instructions are engraved on the pilot's safety cape.
Our safety rings mount along the main axis of the Pentaflyer and then the clear cover and the escape hatch are installed.

We are ready to fly!

Environmental Impact Statement

All metals are infinitely recycled. These in particular include nearly 20 pounds of Hobartean compressed aluminum, used nuts, bolts, washers, nails and screws, metal coat hangers and fence wire, old copper roof flashing, some bronze rod scraps and some old brass welding rod. The clear canopy is from a single serving plastic bottle. The round washers above and below the copper disc are from frozen orange juice containers.

We hope our saucer survives its two tosses and does not impact the environment anymore than the tiny shock wave of its arrival on the river bar.

Pictures from the 2004 Saucer Race

Photos by Team Hobart:
Hobart Brown, Ellin Beltz, Lawrence L'Varado, Deborah Addington and Amy the Space-Pet

Read all about 2004 in Meghan Vogel's Eureka Times-Standard article!

Aliens Check In
Aliens Check In
More Aliens
Aliens from the Dental Planet
The Glorious Organizer
The Glorious Organizer
We two aliens are
Hobart Brown, Ellin Beltz and the Pentaflyer (R-L)
Secret Launching Rituals
Any inexplicable technology is visually indistinguishable from magic.
Our throwing team
The throwing team: Lawrence L'Varado and Ellin Beltz.
L'Varado throws
L'Varado throws
There she goes!
There she goes!
Unfortunately, it's not all looks and survival. There's distance flown counts, too (see the rules below). And while L'Varado made a mighty toss, Ellin's was less mighty and at the end of the day, the Sicircles had flown a new Bridgeville Record and beaten the antennae off everyone else.
We rule Art
The numbers before the throws
The winning Aliens
The Winning Aliens, Sicircles
The Sign
A great time was had by all.
Just wait until next year!

Rules of the 2004 Saucer Race

There comes a time in this galaxy when all intergalactic species must meet. A time to compare antenna and, of course, an opportunity to demonstrate the agility and new advances made on our flying saucer craft. The time is set, Noon, August 21, 2004. The place: Earth; at the old Bridgeville bridge, Bridgeville, California, USA ( yes it is a real place, just look it up on the Internet, or fly up highway 36 and see for yourself). It is time for "Seismic Occurrences" At the Eighth Annual Bridgefest - New and Improved - Flying Saucer Trials.

The Object

The object of the event is to earn points by having a flashy looking saucer rig and crew that flies long and lands accurately from a launch off the bridge.

The Flying Saucer

  1. The flying saucer must be a disk shape.
  2. Flying Saucers shall remain intact upon landing.
  3. The Flying Saucer's weight shall be no more than two ounces for every inch in diameter.
  4. Saucers shall not be less than 4 inches nor exceed 24 inches in diameter.
  5. The saucer shall have an accessible cabin that contains a representation of each member of the crew and an operations manual.
  6. Only one saucer per Crew.
  7. No modified Frisbees, baseballs, Arobies, Koosh, or any commercially manufactured toys or sporting equipment.
  8. The use of recycled materials is encouraged.
  9. The flying saucer must be built to derive its forward flight momentum directly from the hand of the crew member.
The Crew
  1. Each crew shall consist of only two individuals of like minds and spirit with a catchy name.
  2. To allow for communication and guidance, crews shall be equipped with fully exposed head mounted antenna.
The Entry
  1. For each Crew there is an entry fee of $5.00 U.S. payable in cash, check, money order or 7 pounds of compressed aluminum. No Alfa Centori Dorkmas will be accepted due to rampant inflation.
  2. No entry will be accepted after 12:30 p.m.
The Games
  1. We will begin taking entries at 11:00 a.m. on the bridge. During entry, the flying saucer will be weighed and inspected to see that it meets specifications to qualify for the days event. The flying saucers cannot be structurally modified after the entry inspection.
  2. Entries will be judged for style and design from 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m.
  3. Beginning at 1:00 p.m., each crew member will be responsible for one launch of their rig from the designated launching pad on the bridge.
  4. The judges will give a score to each flight based of style of launch and flight, distance, and accuracy.
The Big No-No
  1. Disqualification will be the result from crew members doing test flights off either of the bridges prior to or during the contest.
  2. Flying saucers that land in the poison oak, on the steep bank on the north side of the river, or way up in the trees will be disqualified.
  3. Flying saucers that eject their crew or cabin will be disqualified due to certain death.
The Points
Points may be earned in the following ways:
  1. 1 to 50 point for a cool looking rig.
  2. 1 to 20 points for creative representation of the crew, cabin and operations manual.
  3. 1 to 20 points for some sweet looking antenna.
  4. 1 to 20 points for creative recycling of materials.
  5. 1 to 5 point for the graceful launch and flight of the flying saucer.
  6. 1 point for every yard (36 inches) in distance of the flight.
Points may lost in the following ways:
  1. 1 to 10 points for each incident of whining to judges by crew members.
  2. 1 to 100 points for the loss of flying saucer parts during the launch, flight and impact of the landing. We do not want to spend all day recovering pieces of your vehicles off the river bar.
  3. 1 point for every foot (12 inches) that a rig's landing is away from the landing strip.
  4. 1 to 100 points for a river landing.
  5. 1 to 100 points for yet be considered ways that an entry could lose points at the discretion of the judges.
The Judges
All of the points given or lost will be based on the incredibly subjective opinions of our trusty judges.
Size of the Course
The old Bridgeville Bridge stands about 45 feet above the river bar. The bar is approximately 150 yards long and 50 yards wide, lined by the river to the North and a bank of trees to the South. The landing strip will be laid down the middle of the bar for easy flying. There is usually a good wind from the West around that time of day.

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