Popemobile is dedicated with love and reverence to the memory of
John Paul II. It was piloted by Ross Dixon and Carolyn Black who founded the UMBC kinetic team.
They managed to win an ACE award, but only through the most dramatic
On the water, their rear-wheel drive design meant that the floating tires didn’t get any traction—until
one of the pilots straddled the back of the sculpture to weigh it down.
Even then, they were unable to climb the ramp out of the water with pedal power, so they leaned over the handlebars and
cranked the tires by hand. Combined with their duct tape construction, the judges awarded the
Worst Honorable Mention given to the sculpture “whose half-baked theoretical ‘engineering’
did not deter its pilots from the challenge of the race.”
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