The town of Greenville, Tx has a charity go-kart race each year. Local businesses buy a car, and race around town. All the proceeds from concessions go to charity. This year, IFI decided to get into the act.
Despite a bad wreck, where the car was totalled… we did pretty good for our rookie year.
This picture shows me at the head of the pack, in a qualifying race.
C’mon. Please stop making us so envious of your job. I mean, you get to play with robot parts all day, you have a rapid prototyping machine in your office AND you get to race go karts. Man you have it good.
If I was anywhere near where all this fun takes place and I could get in on some of the action, I could blow you all away.
Has anyone driven those big F1 style gokarts that have real suspension and hydraulic brakes and a big Briggs (16HP?) V twin engine? Those things are sweet! They make you have a real license to drive them.
Has anyone driven on a polished sealed concrete track where they powder it. Oh man, slipping and sliding everywhere. Lots of fun.
My job isn’t QUITE like that…
I actually spend very little time on robot parts, that is only a small part of our business. I spend most of my time designing stuff like this, and this.
It is lots of fun, and very challenging.
(Okay, okay… I DO get to play with robots every now and then.)
The little birdie speaks the truth…
In the last race of the weekend, I got in a pretty nasty wreck. (It wasn’t my fault, I swear!) I ended up rolling the car, smashing into the hay, and getting nailed by another car. Luckily, no one got seriously hurt… but I got a little beat up in the crash.
IFI’s newest intern, Chris Carnevale also had a good wreck. He was in the final race of the lightweight class, passing the leaders when someone he was lapping took him out. He got beat up a lot worse than me, but is also okay.
Chris definitely took the advice jokingly issued from our boss to heart:
“Win or lose… I’d be racing like your job depends on it.”
We had a lot of fun, and learned enough that next year the IFI team (we are going to race multiple cars) should have a good showing.