Set to the backdrop of the California's northern Redwood coast, entries for the race are pieces of unique art with machines hidden or strapped to them, and usually at least several wheels to make the trek between Arcata and Ferndale in Humboldt County.
Artist Hobart Brown challenged Ferndale artist Jack Mays to a race down Ferndale's Main street back in 1969 and the the event was such a hit, it became an annual attraction that everybody wanted to be a part of. As the original kinetic sculpture race of many that now span the globe, the event has gained a cult following. People come from all over to see the event held on Memorial Weekend each year.
It begins on a Saturday in downtown
Arcata at the plaza square at noon, and
heads to Manila Dunes for a sand trek.
The day's race ends in Eureka's downtown
Sunday starts in Eureka at the waterfront on the Humboldt Bay, where Kinetic Pilots race their crafts through the water (most float).
Day 3 starts from the mouth of the Eel River, through Morgan slough and onto dry land. Racers cross the finish line on Ferndale's historic Main street, where racers park and head up to the Final Awards Dinner at Ferndale's Fireman's Hall.
For Southern Californians, the Memorial Weekend Strawberry Festival Parade in Garden Grove offers a different type of street show.