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 RacePhotos 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 from the Dental Planet
The Glorious Organizer
Hobart Brown, Ellin Beltz and the Pentaflyer (R-L)
Any inexplicable technology is visually indistinguishable from magic.
The throwing team: Lawrence L'Varado and Ellin Beltz.
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.
The numbers before the throws
The Winning Aliens, Sicircles
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 ObjectThe 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
The Big No-No
Points may be earned in the following ways:
Points may lost in the following ways:
The JudgesAll of the points given or lost will be based on the incredibly subjective opinions of our trusty judges.
Size of the CourseThe 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.
For more information e-mail mguerro @ northcoast.com (by taking the spaces out) or visit his home page http://northcoast.com/~mguerro