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Kinetic race brings national attention to Humboldt County

(CNN) — Forget about the Indy 500, America’s wildest race will be taking place almost 2,000 miles away in Humboldt County, California this weekend.

Scores of artists, pilots and engineers will bring their one-of-a-kind kinetic machines to race for the glory at the 43rd annual Kinetic Grand Championships.

Billed as “The Triathlon of the Art World,” the event pits human-powered art sculptures on wheels against one another in a three-day race across California’s northern coast.

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  1. Anonymous
    May 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

    While youths around the globe are rioting to throw off their chains, we continue a lifestyle requiring 25% of the world’s resources, extracted predominantly by force.

    Once they understand the depths of our frivolity, will they begin to love us for our freedoms?

  2. Not A Native
    May 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Not A Problem, anon. In our hearts, we expect the rapture will soon be happening.

  3. Ed
    May 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    OOOHH, frivolity is such a sin! Think of all the people starving in China. Oops, all the ones in Africa I mean. I must silly walk my way over and confer with John Cleese about this! After all, what we need is more deep,serious discussion on this blog.

  4. owltotem
    May 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Who is Rutabaga Queen this year? We should have nominated Tom Abate :)…

  5. skippy
    May 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Good to hear form you, Owl. Yours truly will be at the races and yukking it up with the Rutabaga Queens.

    Skippy will also be following the excitement on Saturday over to Redway after seeing
    Ernie’s lusciously written and unique description of their real-deal deep-pit barbecue reading like a heavenly guided fantasy here

    –and to support their fire department, too!

    Kinetics, Queens, and a real BBQ, slow cooked overnight as we speak and smoked over local madrone wood. Ernie might even throw in a free Guiness beer; please see the above link for details. Yep, sounds like a great day. And you? Come along.

    Summer is finally coming to Humboldt. Have a good weekend, everyone.

    peace… skips

  6. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Rain, Rain, Go Away,

    Please Come Back another Day.

    Who else is sick of the late rains over the past 2 spring seasons? Ugh, yuck, cruddy, but hey, when the water rates continue to sky-rocket, we shall look skyward for water storage, yack, yack, yack, don’t talk back :-)

    JL

  7. Kubla
    May 28, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I believe the photo above is of the Slug, the Open Door Clinic entry. Go Slugs!!

  8. Anonymous
    May 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    In a world so full of knowledge and desperate for change, it’s remarkable how Ernie’s “reality based community” still manages to dream they live in paradise….despite the fact that the former wild-places they love are no longer wild due to generations of their own expanding residences. A fantasy aptly served by known cancer-causing carbonized meats.

    In reality, there’s a wealth of alternative sources of joy in life, without suicidal diets, and the ubiquitous depletion of Earth’s wild areas, its minerals, water and biodiversity.

    But our poor deluded species must repeat “it’s just another party at Ernie’s” and the “cheap” $20 in fuel it costs to attend has nothing to do with the Iraqi civilians murdered that day.

    I don’t know Ernie, those around him surely find him pleasant, but anticipation of his “lusciously written descriptions of the real deal” have already turned my stomach.

    As long as we continue believing that the impacts from obscene levels of consumption are justified by its affordability, we remain little more than a bacteria destroying our host at our own peril.

    “For the human species to survive, we must fundamentally change the way we think”. (Einstein).

  9. skippy
    May 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    It’s only a barbecue, dude.

  10. The Big Picture
    May 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Think dialectic dude.

  11. May 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Dude.

  12. skippy
    May 29, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Dude. And dudettes. Good morning or afternoon; North Coast Journal’s Andrew Goff noted today’s race agenda for the uninformed or unitiated:

    SUNDAY:
    The Kinetic Krowd rises early — not by choice — on day two for the Kinetic Waterkrossing through Humboldt Bay near the Wharfinger Building. Again, if you like car crashes, we’ll mention that you can rent kayaks from Humboats (www.humboats.com) to witness the karnage up close from the water. After coming to terms with hypothermia, kompetitors will head for a noon-ish lunch at Eureka Natural Foods before heading south down Hwy 101 through Loleta and on to Crab Park. This is when the true Kinetic Spirit takes over, at the super-extra secret overnighter (racers only, no spectators allowed).

    …For the best kinetic koverage throughout the race, make sure to keep your radio dial on KHUM 104.3/104.7 FM for the duration of the weekend. For more info, check out http://www.kineticgrandchampionship.com. For the (can we say this yet?) Glory!”

    Many first glimpses of the race and sculptures
    from the NCJ here

    and Tom’s blog has a few more.

  13. May 29, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Did anyone see the Arcata police almost arrest one of the clowns for putting up a detour sign? A fat Arcata cop then told the clown as he was physically escorting the clown a block from the race ,” if i see you again downtown you will be arrested”, since when can a cop bar someone from an entire town?

  14. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Sounds like the fat arse parking control officer who insulted me about 4 years ago. Then, I said, “that is fucking bull shit to insult me llike you did”. Then, the fat arse parking meter cop said, “You can’t curse in front of children – children across the street (abutting police station parking lot). Apparantly, Arcata is into training its public employees into limiting free speech, we all know that by now. Currently, it is “limit free speech of anyone not a business” – a great concept that a pro-corporate city council voted in favor of in its latest attempt at a Panhandling ordinance.

    JL

  15. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

    A different, but relaitive word,

    Kinematic.

    JL

  16. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Or,

    kinesthetic sculpture race.

    JL

  17. skippy
    May 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Hundreds of folks turned up under clear skies and breezy winds on the Adorni field witnessing these Kinetic Contraptions taking to the water from the Samoa Boat ramp today. Seemingly every boat, small yacht, and county kayak was afloat watching the orderly chaos taking place. The Madaket careened by, 30 gawking passengers on the left rail, tilting the ever-trusty ferry slightly sideways.

    Every person young and old, ambulatory or not, dogs in tow, kite-flyers, and the generally quaint to raptly colorful were there.

    Charles Douglas of Access Humboldt/Humboldt Sentinel was wrapped up in his typical flowing knots of electronic cables and skeleton crew; KHUM radio and KIEM-TV present with their transmitting masts up and crackling; the 14 foot Sheriff’s Marine Rescue Posse skiff cruising by– doing whatever they do by keeping the peace and pilgrims safe.

    Some sculptures floated, others listed, some predictably sank hitting the water. Several timidly exited the boat ramp as quickly as were launched. The rare and surviving few toodled along in timed fashion of the moderately choppy bay waters towards Eureka’s old boat basin ramp– and onward via terra firma southward.

    14 year-old Brandon of the stranded Green Giraffe (named Gladys) monkey wrenched nimbly under his craft, keeping himself notably dry above the water by hanging alongside the pontoons to approving applause. Bigger applause and laughter reigned while standing up and performing a bow for picture takers, slipping on the rubbery pontoon, nimbly bouncing off and belly flopping into the water face first. Without missing a beat, Brandon continued the remaining repairs waist deep while his fellow giraffe-heads wisely stayed on the shore undoubtably warmer and drier, their giraffe bobble-heads and fuzzy ears fluttering in the breeze.

    By the end of day most of the racers approached Loleta’s Crab Park wind-blown, tired, and spent. A brave and experienced few remained exhilarated and unfazed.

    Tomorrow’s an equally large day for these Glorious Racers, Pilots, Pit Crews, and Dubiously Official Officials, superbly testing their skills, spirits, speed, pageantry, bribes, indiscretions, craft and craftiness before crowing adulation of the minion crowds at the Ferndale finish line in front of the Glorious Founder– Hobart’s– old digs.

  18. HumboldtRick
    May 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    A 14-year-old racing? Wasn’t he asked for a photo ID? More power to you, Brandon. The bitchy little queens won’t let the Eureka High team race because THEY have a racer who is 14. (As the queens claim despite her mother’s possession of her birth certificate which shows she’s 16! Just who do the queens think they’ are?)

    LET THE AMAZONS RACE!!!

    Kids have always participated in the race as racers. As Hobart Brown (the Glorious Founder, who the queens claim to respect) states on page 6 of his official Kinetic Sculpture Racing book (the official blueprint for running kinetic sculpture races): “…our race is open to anyone—with no discrimination according to age (from 9 years old to 80 years of life lived)…” Well, it seems to me that Monica and the rest of the Rude-and-baseless Queens should be banished from this race FOR LIFE for instituting rules that contradict the SPIRIT and INTENTION of the race as stated by its Glorious Founder. Monica and the other Rude-and-bitchy Queens need to step down and let a more inclusive and fair organization run this race from now on.

    Petty little queens picking on children. For the Glory?

  19. skippy
    May 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

    You brought up the sore point of this years race, HumboldtRick. Whether the kids should race has been the topic du jour for many over at the North Coast Journal.

    Some of the various remarks:

    “Let the highschoolers race!”

    “Let’s keep the Kinetic family friendly. Let the kids race!”

    “Kids have always participated in the race as racers. As Hobart (the Glorious Founder) states on page 6 of his official Kinetic Sculpture Racing book: “…our race is open to anyone—with no discrimination according to age (from 9 years old to 80 years of life lived)…” Well, it seems to me that Monica and the rest of the Rude-and-baseless Queens should be banished from this race FOR LIFE for instituting rules that contradict the spirit and INTENTION of the race as stated by its Glorious Founder.”

    “It is an insurance matter, in order to hold a race like this you need to obtain insurance. To obtain insurance for minors to run the race is too costly… I do not beleive that any one involved in this race condones discrimination of any kind especially not age, its just a matter of insurance.”

    “Multiple people have last year’s insurance policy for the event… contains no language prohibiting minor participation. There is lots of language about alcohol, safety, etc, but the “minor” issue is not contained within the policy. I have been told that when confronted with this fact, board members backed off of the “insurance” excuse, and started talking about their own impressions of ‘what was safe.’ Given these facts, perhaps the Kinetic Universe Board should spend less time creating arbitrary rules discriminating against teenagers in the Kinetic Race and more time and energy trying to comply with State law?”

    “It has absolutely NOTHING to do with insurance. The policy has no language addressing the issue of minors. These are considered BICYCLES, and the highway patrol has no problems with kids riding these on the streets, so why would their insurance have a problem? THEY DON’T.”

    “A school in Burney spent the entire year building their machine but didn’t show up because they were told they wouldn’t be allowed to race. I believe they have raced before…In the past, many ELEMENTARY schools have participated including, but not limited to, Sunny Brae School, Briceland School, and a Christian School (For His Glory was their machine) whose name I forget. So it has NEVER been a problem for kids to participate as racers. The Queens are power drunk and are using these kids as pawns for internal political purposes. Look a little deeper and you might just learn something.”

    “Isn’t it interesting also that the Samoa Drag Strip has a Jr. Drag Racing League. Know what the age limit is for a kid to get behind the wheel of a drag racing rail in Humboldt county? 8 Yrs old. 8 freakin’ years old!!! This is a motorized vehicle that goes up to 50MPH in several seconds. No insurance problems, no age discrimination, no posturing by their board, just good fun for kids age 8 to 17 yrs old.”

    “Don’t you get it? They’re not letting kids race. Kids have ALWAYS raced in the Kinetic Sculpture Race. The Handbook on running races by Hobart Brown, the Glorious Founder, states: “…our race is open to anyone—with no discrimination according to age (from 9 years old to 80 years of life lived)…” This is discrimination specifically not allowed by he Official Kinetic Sculpture Racing book. When they don’t allow a team to race because of age discrimination…the race no longer has an all-ages atmosphere…”

    “Petty little queens picking on children. For the Glory?”

    Skippy’s opinion? Kids need healthy and constructive things to do being part of our community and aside from their iPods and Xbox 360′s.

    Let the kids participate– and race. Hobart would have wished that.

  20. HumboldtRick
    May 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Hobart DID wish that. He even put it in writing on page 6 of his book, “Kinetic Sculpture Racing” (quoted above). Obviously, the petty queens have never read this how-to book on running kinetic sculpture races.

  21. skippy
    May 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Thank you for bringing up this issue, HumboldtRick. It’s a consideration that youth should be included– as long as it’s reasonably safe. Certainly no one wants to see an accident or anyone hurt.

    Yours truly hopes future Kinetic races don’t become an exclusive ‘adults-only’ activity. Youth often times cannot speak up for themselves, especially when adults get to set the rules excluding them.

  22. Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 at 10:42 am

    This is a good example of a wonderful event being hijacked. The race has been watered down by a bunch of petty and jealous control freaks. They even use the charitable event tax exempt scheme. It is sad that something that starts out to be so unique turned into a watered down and tame event with a bunch of self serving bureaucratic pencil pushing types now running the show.

  23. Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    9 to 80 year-old contestants?? And more women too???

    As a class, children, elderly and women comprise 75% of the 40 million Americans living in poverty!

    That’s simply not the positive image of irrational optimism this race is about!

    If skyrocketing numbers of citizens who are poor, foreclosed, bankrupt, unemployed, underemployed, outsourced, and divested from, (currently suffering the ravages of poverty: homelessness, hunger, uninsured illnesses, suicide, drug abuse, and crime), desire the media attention they deserve, they’d better take a welding class and start earning it!

    Teams of attractive, young, and hard working white people
    took back our kinetic race from the commies and homogenized it so that it reflects the sensibilities of TV, media and Hollywood! Now EVERYONE can share in the glory of a conspicuous frivolity glut.

    And the right-wingers are now welcome to participate in their flotilla named, “Tanned Megalomaniacs with Leisure.” (No need for any elaborate masks, it’s an image that terrifies much of this world, you know, where all those “cheap” kinetic metals came from).

  24. skippy
    May 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    “Perhaps fittingly, the race also started with a bit of kinetic controversy… The most recent batch cropped up earlier this month, when Brown’s son, Justin Hobart Brown, publicly aired his ongoing conflict with Kinetic Universe. …According to a statement released by Brown, one of his prime beefs was a rule put in place a handful of years ago requiring children under the age of 18 to carry proof of age at all times when racing…”

    This is how the controversy started. Yesterday’s Times Standard article by the Mighty Thadeus Greenson continued:

    “That particular rule — officially Rule 2d — came into the spotlight again Saturday, when race officials physically blocked a two-person machine, “Tiger and Amazons,” from entering the race, alleging that the co-pilot didn’t have identification and may have been younger than 16, meaning she wasn’t allowed to pilot a sculpture.

    ”Let them race, let them race,” chanted a crowd quickly gathering around the contraption — a two-person racing machine encased by a massive papier mache tiger — that was built by Eureka High School students.

    ”Isn’t this race about breaking the rules?” questioned one passerby. ”Hobart would have never let this happen,” said another, in reference to the race’s self-proclaimed “glorious founder,” who died in 2007.

    The pilots, Tess and Sara Krause, clad in what looked to be a cross between Amazonian dress and gladiator gear, egged on the crowd, refusing to budge from their spot at the corner of the plaza, tears streaming down their faces.

    Alice Krause, the pair’s mother, produced a birth certificate to prove her daughter’s age. The race officials were unmoved, insisting nothing had been done to prove Sara Krause was the requisite 16 years of age. ”They’re birthers,” shouted Alice Krause.

    Emily Krause, Tess and Sara’s sister, said she felt race officials were motivated by politics, noting her parents, Alice and Al Krause, have been involved with the race for years and represented Justin Hobart Brown in recent mediation talks with Kinetic Universe.

    Unable to convince race officials, who insisted liability issues were at play, Alice and Al Krause decided to take matters into their own hands. They ran over to the registration table, signed up under their own names and replaced their daughters as driver and pilot of “Tiger and Amazons”

    ”This is absolutely personal,” Al Krause said while pedaling the machine toward a judging post, echoing Emily’s sentiments that the family was being targeted and adding that he entered his first race at the age of 15.

    After the parents piloted the machine around the plaza, and safely out of view of the judges, Tess and Sara replaced them. The pair arrived at Eureka’s Halvorsen Park — the day 1 finish line — shortly after 4 p.m., though it won’t wind up in any official record keeping.

    Goddess Jen-0, the official race registrar and head timer, said Saturday afternoon that the sculpture wasn’t officially registered, didn’t have a race number and had a pilot believed to be only 14. Saying nothing of politics, Goddess Jen-0 said the pair just weren’t official contestants.

    ”Maybe they’re just out for a nice Sunday drive on their bike, which looks like a tiger,” she said. “You can’t stop someone from riding their bike which just happens to look like a tiger.”

  25. 06em
    May 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Caltrans will not allow those under 18 to participate in the adopt-a-highway program by picking up trash along 101, so it seems to me to be logical and consistent that those under 18 (or 16) can’t pilot kinetic sculptures that travel along the side of 101. It is also consistent with state law that says 16 for earliest learner’s permit for driving a motor vehicle. As far as “what Hobart wanted” goes, the slogan about adults having fun so that kids want to grow up (or whatever the exact phrase) seems to also be consistent with there being an age requirement. Adults having fun, right?

    There seems to be an element of the pro-Justin/ pro-underage drivers cheering section that has it out for the queens. From the comments I read online, it seems to me like there is a part of this business that has an unsavory and manipulative aspect to it.

    For the glory?

  26. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    It seems “the citizenry” is more and more involved in these “legalty spats” lately where rules “are tested in vein”. Amazing what happens when regulations are over-burdensome – they get tested.

    So, apparantly, kids under the age of 18 or 16 should not even be allowed to ride a bicycle on the side of any road with an un-marked bicycle lane or be allowed to pay sales taxes on bicycle helmets because they are too young to ride a bike; or, parents should not be allowed to buy plastic 3 wheel cartoon cars, or 4 wheel red wagons, etc… for public roads are often where these items are being used.

    For an “event” with a special permit and obviously “patrolling up the yang and the ying”,…..let it be, let it go……..

    As a former race participant myself (Go Al and Alice), and knowing past others (Al and Alice are positive people in this community and do nothing but good), one thing is uniform – deterioration of kinetic fun laced with local politics and social power struggles for pompish popularity and control…….. even the marbled-murrelet was amused at the lines of people paying attention to the safety boundries and off-limit zones to protect its species, but alas, bureaucrats had to lie and argue for less fun……used to be racers got together to b-bque and drink a beer or two at end of the day, but alas, they was all called drunks the next race day…….
    used to be SunnyBrae Middle School had children(students) pilot a machine on wheels on the very same turf(road section) that race officials denied this go- a-round….used to be a front page cover picture shot of the Kinetic Clam on the NorthCoast Journal where the pilot and co-pilot were 2 students from Bridgeville area…freeway driving and water piloting to boot too!

    Darned kids pulling the nike slogan, showing-up the out-of-shape and obese adults – just do it!

    JL

  27. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Skippy brings out an enlightening point – accidents.

    So, how many CHP reports or Cal-Trans documents show “kinetic incidents” from the past?

    How many “youth piloted” machines have caused an accident as legally reportable to the CHP upon a taxpayer subsidized road that CHP patrols?

    Let history be told.

    JL

  28. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    as far as the coastal bird,

    not sure if it was the m-m or another species like snowy plover or something like that, so my apology for any misconception due to fowl education.

    JL

  29. Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Is anyone who is complaining about the no-kids rule going to pony up the humongous wad of cash required to pay for the insurance rate hike?

    Of course not. Take your self-righteous attitude and sit down.

  30. Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    That water crossing is, indeed, a reason to up the insurance in itself. Having kids involved makes it even more risky to an insurance carrier.

  31. High Finance
    May 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Anytime anybody wants to have some harmless fun, some wet blanket wants to stop it. “Risky”, “think of the children”, insurance & lawyers, blah blah blah.

    What a sour and dour world some want to turn this into.

  32. taxed
    May 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Did they always have insurance for the race? Did Hobart insist upon having insurance?

  33. taxed
    May 30, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Next the race will be run by Eureka Redevelopment Agency. The race should be able to get some block grant money if they wangle it the right way.

  34. Anonymous
    May 30, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    No race organizer today is going to hold the event without insurance, nor is any government agency that is asked to issue an event permit going to allow it anymore without proof of insurance. It sounds like insurance covering minors is a pipe dream. The salad days are over. The world has lawyered up.

    All this sour talk about the queens is pathetic. No one else has stood up to take on the race. If not them, then no one. Last Saturday, Heraldo would have published a guest post from a former racer, a long, wistful lament remembering the good ol’ days when the race was still held.

  35. Sick Of The BS
    May 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    When someone can find or afford an insurance policy that covers underage racers, that will be a glorious day. When a group of people willing to volunteer their time and energy, and are willing to work for free after working a full day at their paid jobs to put on a race no one else has stepped up to do, and not be attacked for a community service, that will be a glorious day. When people search for the facts, and appreciate non-profits in their community, before flapping their ignorant, whiny mouths, that will be a glorious day.

    Know the full story, before you speak out about the glory.

  36. For the Glory
    May 31, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I think that it is disgraceful that a team can think they can show up, knowing full well that the rules state a 14 year old is not eligible to PILOT a machine (technically, they are still allowed to be a barnacle from 9 years and up), and make a stink about not being able to race. This was not news to anybody, especially the T&A team. (In fact, it is one of the reasons the team got involved in the other kontroversy with Justin Hobart Brown and the trademarks of the race, but that’s for a whole other thread).

    The type of abuse the organizers of the race were received from T&A was TOTALLY UNKINETIC and VERY PATHETIC. For all the people out there so quick to call the queens petty or power hungry for not allowing this 14 year old to race, have you ever thought that in the end, it is about being safe and continuing the tradition of the race for many years to come for all of us at all ages to enjoy.

    If (god forbid) they had an accident involving a young kid on a machine, the race would come under extreme fire from the community and risk being shut down all together by the very permitting agencies that allow us to race every year.

    That being said, Shame shame shame on you Team T&A that you think that you are above the rules. You knew that you would not be able to race, and you made a scene about it- actually, not just a scene but were straight up abusive to the very people who dedicate their lives to continuing this amazing kinetic tradition. I mean, I have seen video of the swearing and threats that came out of these kids mouths and I can’t even believe that their parents allowed it. But when you see how the parents were acting, then you know where they got it from. Their parents were also acting like spoiled little kids who didn’t get their way, but using a curse word vocabulary that would have made even Hobart blush.

    The real question lies with the attitude of the parents of these kids. How is cursing out a queen being a good role model and teaching your children respect? It’s not good parenting. It’s also not good parenting to set your kids up for disappointment. They knew the rules. Period. That’s probably why they forged documents and tried to register themselves (the parents) instead. Seriously? How do people think that the queens are doing the race a disgrace, when they did what a smart and safe non-profit should so, and that is stick to the rules.

    Another great high school team from Colfax respected the age requirements and had only pilots who were over 16, but still included the younger team members as pit crew. Talk about their teachers being a great example of being respectful and following the rules for the good of the race.

    Yes, some of you make the point that hobart’s book says all should participate from 9-80 years old. Yes, you can be 9 and still be in the race. You just can’t pedal. No one is stopping kids from participating. What is happening is that kids can’t be driving the machines unless they know the rules of the road. That makes 16 years old the best age limit for piloting. It’s common sense people!

    I think that all this controversy over one team who knew the rules and instead chose to be abusive and bratty when the queens didn’t give in, is pretty lame. How about any kudos for all the blood sweat and tears it takes to put on the race? How about all of you that are trash talking the queens– How much money did you raise for the race this year? How much time did you spend directing traffic, setting up course signage, or any of the other multitude of things it takes to ensure the race happens smoothly?

    That’s right. You didn’t do anything. So I think you owe the queens a huge apology and give them the kudos that they deserve for making it a fabulous race. In the end, that is what it is all about– For the Glory. Not for the money, not for the kids, but for the Glory!

    Got it? Now let’s all get along and get on to next year’s race.

  37. LuvliLilNurse
    May 31, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Um Tess is 18 and Sara is 16 – just like their birth certificates showed. Tess has won the Grand Championship and Speed in the past – before she was 18. This is silly and the girls have worked for months on their sculpture. Good for them for standing up like the Amazons they are and racing anyway; and good for their parents for supporting them.

  38. Anonymous
    May 31, 2011 at 7:51 am

    This is silly

    No, it’s not silly. The updated rules have been known for a long time, and the limitations of event insurance are a brick wall. Your refusal to accept reality is silly.

  39. Sick Of The BS
    May 31, 2011 at 8:14 am
  40. Sick Of The BS
    May 31, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Yes, 14.

  41. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 31, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Actually,

    The petty power control (see the people involved at the top, their cohorts and remember the last names – many connections to the politically elected and groups that seek agendas here in the political arena….remember Ghilarducci???) took place years back. The Kinetic Race was partly about “breaking the rules of the race without getting caught”. Seems to me, at some point government “asked” or “required” the race to be sanctioned.

    Was it when those political types got worried about “public safety”? Ok then, show us the historical accident reports as reported by either the CHP, County Sheriff’s Deputies, etc…

    as far as insurance or city coverage liability concerns, etc….ask yourself, is reality all worth it if insurance companies are their to “break-up” the U.S. Constitution? Seriously, think about that for a moment!!!

    JL

  42. Eric Kirk
    May 31, 2011 at 8:42 am

    While youths around the globe are rioting to throw off their chains, we continue a lifestyle requiring 25% of the world’s resources, extracted predominantly by force.

    Once they understand the depths of our frivolity, will they begin to love us for our freedoms?

    I’m sure they will take heart from your blogging.

  43. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 31, 2011 at 8:52 am

    A second time is a charm,

    High Finance agrees that insurance is, well, a negativity creator.

    I wonder what the rate would have been last year for the kids before the “policy hikes for ALL POLICY HOLDERS IN ALL INSURANCE COVERAGE AREAS OF NEED”?

    How much of those policy premiums is financially and directly deposited into certain company accounts as pure profit, never dipped into to cover a claim??? 40%, 50%, 60%???

    Are these companies still raping policy holders today to cover for natural disasters yesterday, yesteryear, last decade, 40 years ago???

    Hurricanes like Katrina, Andrew, etc…earthquakes, floods, fire, termite, etc…to the housing and commercial markets that insurance companies paid out billions in claims???

    Ya, insurance is such the downer for profit and lack of policy coverages….rates and policies go uppidy upward while coverage and options go sourly southbound……all at the expense of those who pay the premiums of the fascist insurance companies and its industrial complex associated money scheme set-up.

    Did I mention my disdain for insurance companies and HOW they currently rip us all off, even ripping off their connected employees/agents/brokers?

    Yep, but I guess for the insurance companies, it is still a better paying job to keep food on the table until the rest of us are jobless and won’t have much to insure…..then the wealthier people who survive it all can lower the rates and policies for themself since they’ll feel a safer society now exists as less people are insured or have a need for insurance ~ sarcasm.

    JL

  44. skippy
    May 31, 2011 at 8:52 am

    …So many sides to this Kinetic Kiddie Kontroversy it’s hard to determine even the Kernel of Truth. Konspiracy and Skullduggery? Insurance issues? Arbritary rules? Underage participants and false birth certificates? Indulged parents? Queens working hard to safely herd children while nourishng Hobart’s true vision?

    More snippets by others… comments heard around Humboldt’s Web:

    “The age ban is STUPID. Both the father of these pilots and myself started our racing at the age of 15. Hobart WOULD NEVER allow this rule.”

    “There ought to be a special reward for Racing Under Adversity from Authority AND for last minute pilot replacements. Especially if you pull the teens and put in their parents,wow, those Krauses are brave.”

    “‘Liability’ is not a valid reason for excluding anyone from the race. If the organization that oversees the race is unwilling to pay for liability insurance that covers ALL racers, admit it so the interested parties can work to overcome that obstacle.”

    “When I asked the Kinetic Universe via their FB page what the story was, they claim to know personally that she is 14… which is well above the original age requirement set. Waiting for a response on that one. That’s also admitting that they know her personally, which does strengthen the family’s claim that this is personal, in my opinion.”

    “If the birth certificate was falsified as they imply, wouldn’t that relieve Kinetic Universe from any liability issues should something happen and the blame would lie with the family?”

    “I think the judges were behaving very childish to attempt to exclude the young lady. The mother even showed them the birth certificate for heavens sake. We’ve all seen children racing in years past. This was ridiculous, childish, and immature on the judges part. Whatever feud they have going on with the family, that is no right to behave like an angry junior high head cheer leader and get revenge by blocking the opponents child! Shame on you guys!!!!!”

    “You’re fools if you really thing the Times-Standard is giving you all the information or that the T&A (Tigers and Amazons) team are anything more than drama llamas.

    “You don’t know what you’re talking about. Insurance has nothing to do with it. Elementary school children have raced in the race many years. Their insurance papers never mention a word about age. (The queens admitted as much in mediation.) Yes, this IS personal.”

    …The race may be over, but the drama continues…

  45. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 31, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Another thread that proves FACEBOOK is for dummies! Just open yourself up-to-the-world for all too see and abuse and plot schemes, etc….Facebook will kill a character by and through public domain abuse.

    Good Thing that linked page above don’t work.

    JL

  46. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 31, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Insurance does have everything to do about this issue if AGE DISCRIMINATION is being practiced by and through a more recent rule change in a manner of connotations that reflect personal character attacks while using the “kinetic crowd” as a “reality television prop”.

    Yes, in the past, their have been pilots and co-pilots (as referenced above) even younger than these two. So, is AGE DISCRIMINATION A VALID CLAIM…..what criteria defines and legally allows age provisions to be set below the age of 18 (the age a minor turns legal adult) for “human-powered motor vehicles” like bikes, skateboards, etc… for which I have seen being ridden on the sides of many roads and freeway between Trinidad to Rio Dell/Scotia. Selective enforcement because of “sanctioning” versus “pure emmigration, egresses or travels”?

    This is reverse AGE DISCRIMINATION below the legal limit status….might as well ban all humanoids from piloting or co-piloting below the age of 18….even 17 years, 364 days old; otherwise, rule may be unconstitutional for a sanctioned special event that government “permits” and insurance companies “set agendized rules to collect premiums based upon the permitted sanctioning of the event”.

    So, many political ties and connections to the real under-pinnings of this historic local treasure being “watered-down and sabotaged through social politics” using insurance as the “tool” to not have to answer the toughest of questions regarding age limit change.

    Where have all the good times gone?

    Finally, 24 hours after the event is officially complete, most former pilots and co-pilots ride their human powered machines back along the freeway where bike commuters ride all-the-time, everyday (anywhere, it don’t matter)…….what would happen?

    JL

  47. Anonymous
    May 31, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Okay Henchman, you pony up the money so this legal issue regarding insurance and liability for the race organizers can be put to rest. Until you do so, please stop with the self-righteous pontificating about your discrimination fantasies. It’s baloney. It’s sad that you think the worst of people when there are reasonable and benign explanations for just about every one of your conspiracy theories.

  48. taxed
    May 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

    What year did insurance become a requirement for this race?

  49. May 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

    The damage is incredible.
    Pathetic.
    Give the kids a chance, they can not possibly
    show a more lack of maturity than what we have seen from the adults. The community of Manila is responsible for a destroyed wetland. How fun is that?

  50. Al Krause
    May 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

    insurance has nothing to do with it, see my comments on NCj…
    thanks JL, I have given my last 10 years of kinetic energy to Eureka High’s East lab, we have won the overall championship twice and speed many times, and been cheated out of the overall for the past two years…
    the race has impacted the lives of each one of these kids in a positive way, ask any of them.

  51. Anonymous
    May 31, 2011 at 10:54 am

    “So many sides to this Kinetic Kiddie Kontroversy it’s hard to determine even the Kernel of Truth. Konspiracy and Skullduggery? Insurance issues? Arbritary rules? Underage participants and false birth certificates? Indulged parents? Queens working hard to safely herd children while nourishng Hobart’s true vision?”

    It’s simple, really: A few specific grownups choosing to play cop when they don’t have to. Pathetic, and ultimately depressing to think about the state of mind required to say “you can’t race” when they very well could have as always.

  52. Anonymous
    May 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

    “Childhood” is a relatively recent concept, early paintings depict them as little adults, each with widely varying abilities and a job to match.

    How sad that our rich nation pissed away public wealth on corporate welfare while divesting from its human resources.

    It wasn’t that long ago that men in their young 20′s commanded the largest sailing vessels across the seas for months.

    Today, their parents are winning elections to get them that job at Home Depot.

  53. Anonymous
    May 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

    ***Eric Kirk says:
    May 31, 2011 at 8:42 am

    “I’m sure they will take heart from your blogging”.

    This is hardly the only place I write. That you took notice and commented is more to the point.

    Thank you.

  54. Anonymous
    May 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Parents police their children to a disgusting degree nowadays. It’s beyond overprotective, it’s paranoid. Pardon the cliche, but it fits…Big Brother has manifested himself in the minds of the masses to the point where young children are not seen or treated as people, but more like stupid pets, unable to think and act for themselves, prevented from excercising perhaps the most valuable principle of life: common sense.

  55. Plain Jane
    May 31, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Do you have a link to your comments at NCJ, Al? I don’t see them on the NCJ story about the race.

  56. skippy
    May 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    April showers bring… more May and June showers.
    Like Humboldt rain, the sentiments keep pouring down:

    “The age rule has only been in effect for the last 6 years or so. It has never been enforced until now, and only as vengeance against the parents. Safety is not the issue (14 years old being a ‘young child’?), and neither is insurance. The parents just wanted their kids to have the opportunity to participate in this race as many people have at age 14 and younger…What is YOUR justification for disallowing kids to race after a 42-year tradition of kids racing with no problems? Why would you deny kids the opportunity to participate as racers in this awesome and fun event?”

    “Adults having fun so kids long to grow older.”

    “The age rules are not new, the Krauses were not surprised… By the way, the tiger girls did not look behind themselves as they merged left to pass my sculpture on highway 101 in south Eureka, THEY PULLED IN FRONT OF A CAR DOING FREEWAY SPEED and caused it to slam its brakes, I am so glad everyone was okay…”

    “How unfair to the other racers who did things right.”

    “It’s a shame what The Krause Family is teaching their kids. It’s disgusting that Eureka High sponsored this team that is being taught to lie and bully to get their way. Those two girls and their parents actually threatened officials. They got right in their face and tried to intimidate them. They postured themselves as though they were going to attack officials, muttering “Do not push me or else,” and “that’s not a threat, that’s a promise”. Shameful behavior.”

    “You could have let them race. The race should be fun for all ages, you can take racers at their word and let everybody have fun. Remember that next year.”

    “Let’s remember please that the original race to which you refer was a three block stretch of pavement down Ferndale’s Main Street. Now we incorporate Deadman’s Drop, Loleta Hill, and the Bay.”

    “The insurance thing has nothing to do with it, the queens Kati, Monica and Suzanne admitted that in the mediation. We have a source that offers a discount to minors, and medical coverage to participants for a better price. We offered this source before the race but their response was the event is an “adult sport” and not safe for kids. This very year there was a 2 year old that was taken down Deadman’s Drop on a sculpture; explain that one. There were several high school teams and none were asked for their birth certificates. This new requirement was directed at our team because they don’t want us winning anymore.”

    “You would have been scared if you saw your daughters pull out in front of that car on the freeway.”

    “The Krause family is using and taking advantage of Justin Hobart Brown, manipulating him to get their way. Duane Flatmo said at the awards ceremony, Al Krause wants this to be a speed race, this is an art race, let us never become a speed race. We all know the The Krause family harasses officials and other racers every year. People are sick of it. That’s not fun.”

    “Who cares if some folks want to race for time? Who cares if kids are the pilots? You’re ignoring the bottom line: unecessary, uncalled for and definitely un-fun red tape.”

    … only 361 days until next year’s race, folks. Will the rains and wrangling opinions diminish by then?

  57. al krause
    May 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Hmmm… seems I may have lost the comments over there, thought I had done that, not sure what just happened

  58. al krause
    May 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    that thing on the freeway never happened the “other car” was ours, nobody slammed on any brakes, we had a car in front and behind the sculpture, I watched the pass from in front, my wife from behind. totally remember the pass because it was the queens…

  59. al krause
    May 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    “The insurance thing has nothing to do with it, the queens Kati, Monica and Suzanne admitted that in the mediation. We have a source that offers a discount to minors, and medical coverage to participants for a better price. We offered this source before the race but their response was the event is an “adult sport” and not safe for kids. This very year there was a 2 year old that was taken down Deadman’s Drop on a sculpture; explain that one. There were several high school teams and none were asked for their birth certificates. This new requirement was directed at our team because they don’t want us winning anymore.”

  60. Smart 5th Grader
    May 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    What a nation of sniveling-sissys we have become! Don’t go outside without your helmet on and make sure you have a huge insurance policy because the sky is falling! For 15+ years I have volunteered for and watched the Kinetic Sculpture Race. Of late, it has devolved into “The Narcissistic Drama Queens Vs. The Megalomaniacs.” They can have it, I’m done with the drama. Adiós payasos!

  61. May 31, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Sometimes Non-Profit Organizations allow themselves to be ruled by notions of liability. You can’t do this, you can’t do that. “Liability” is the bogeyman.
    What a great racket insurance protection is. Created out of nothing. It sucks huge amounts of working people’s wages through its corruption of the government. Nice of the them to enact so many laws requiring insurance on things like picnics and children’s birthday parties.
    (http://www.insureaparty.com)
    Policies become more and more specific. Life’s events calculated in future losses.
    With the industry’s increasing power it won’t be long til we are required to carry personal liability insurance on our kids. Tie it to school enrollment; like we have with our cars now. No registration without policy documentation.
    People don’t sue; lawyers sue. Insurance companies sue.
    People on the other hand, do get sued. Small business owners do get sued.
    Seems like all the rules of the roads, highway and bay apply to adults and children. So what exactly is the threat to race organizers?

  62. Plain Jane
    May 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I haven’t picked a side in this issue, but I must point out that the fact that someone took their 2 year old down Deadman’s Drop without a mishap doesn’t mean it was safe or wise. Most drunk drivers make it home without being stopped or having an accident but that doesn’t mean they should have been driving. Safety rules should be applied fairly across the board with valid justification for them to avoid such misunderstandings and hurt feelings and which only puts a pall on what should be a positive event for the participants and the public. Let’s hope the problems which occurred this year are resolved satisfactorily so that next year it’s all about the fun.

  63. 06em
    May 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    “Sometimes Non-Profit Organizations allow themselves to be ruled by notions of liability.”

    And yet entities like the City of Arcata are beginning to insist on insurance for even the most tame events. Try getting the okay to sell bird bookmarks on a card table indoors at Godwit Days without insurance. It ain’t gonna happen.

  64. Sick Of The BS
    May 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Threat to race organizers for one, is, AL Krause and Justin threatening to sue them for the last month or so.

    Another is how would you feel as an organizer of an event where a child was seriously injured or died? Imagine the backlash by the community for that.

    It is their responsibility to keep the race safe.

    They must exercise due diligence.

    We should thank these hard working unpaid organizers for the months of work they put into making this event available to the community.

  65. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Hey Al, mi amigo,

    are you saying that the current insurance policy will allow children to participate once they reach a certain age; or, is their no insurance age limit?

    Some of the various remarks:

    “Let the highschoolers race!”

    “Let’s keep the Kinetic family friendly. Let the kids race!”

    “Kids have always participated in the race as racers. As Hobart (the Glorious Founder) states on page 6 of his official Kinetic Sculpture Racing book: “…our race is open to anyone—with no discrimination according to age (from 9 years old to 80 years of life lived)…” Well, it seems to me that Monica and the rest of the Rude-and-baseless Queens should be banished from this race FOR LIFE for instituting rules that contradict the spirit and INTENTION of the race as stated by its Glorious Founder.”

    “It is an insurance matter, in order to hold a race like this you need to obtain insurance. To obtain insurance for minors to run the race is too costly… I do not beleive that any one involved in this race condones discrimination of any kind especially not age, its just a matter of insurance.”

    “Multiple people have last year’s insurance policy for the event… contains no language prohibiting minor participation. There is lots of language about alcohol, safety, etc, but the “minor” issue is not contained within the policy. I have been told that when confronted with this fact, board members backed off of the “insurance” excuse, and started talking about their own impressions of ‘what was safe.’ Given these facts, perhaps the Kinetic Universe Board should spend less time creating arbitrary rules discriminating against teenagers in the Kinetic Race and more time and energy trying to comply with State law?”

    “It has absolutely NOTHING to do with insurance. The policy has no language addressing the issue of minors. These are considered BICYCLES, and the highway patrol has no problems with kids riding these on the streets, so why would their insurance have a problem? THEY DON’T.”

    I am curious as to the coverages on the policy. IF no limitation, and I know your more aware than most, then I can understand why insurance is not really the hang-up, even though as a ruse excuse until proven incorrect, it is (mediation).

    I believe that insurance is part of the deal IF it is at all referenced by anyone, even so little as a ruse excuse, like race organizers who back-off that argument to make-up other reasons – you just might have a legal case mi amigo.

    Why?

    The issue raises the question of prejudice, bias, conspiracy, corruption, fraud, equal protection violations, shenanigans, etc…. How it all applies to a “special event” run by those in the private sector is a different matter. Yet, the undertoe of the issue is real – rules being bent, shaped, formed, falsely observed and written as the day goes……just like real politics and laws begging for people to read that which they don’t enforce for some, but do enforce against others.

    As far as insurance, policy holders should note the rather large increases in premiums over the past year as insurance companies are raping much more to make -up for the lost jobs that used to subsidize more insurance policies, but with so many unemployed, insurance companies have less policy holders and thus, get less money – hence the deeper raping by charging the policy holder higher fees to again, cover the shifts and losses of consumer incomes.

    Good Karma headed your way AL, keep thy chin held high!!!

    JL

  66. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    If Flatmo really made the comment above about the Krause family and speed race, then, tell us Duane why there was speed awards in the past? Yes, the socially political “fat cat wannabees” trying to run the ruse agendas of others. Frankly, “Family Fun” is the covenant that history presents – obviously, a social soap opera of sorts has evolved where sinister types change things for the worse to appease their crony local political friends.

    Flatmo should just stay quiet on this one if he is respectful! Many could say they are tired of his pandering b-s!

    JL

  67. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 31, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Sick Of The BS says:
    May 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm
    Threat to race organizers for one, is, AL Krause and Justin threatening to sue them for the last month or so.

    Another is how would you feel as an organizer of an event where a child was seriously injured or died? Imagine the backlash by the community for that.

    It is their responsibility to keep the race safe.

    They must exercise due diligence.

    We should thank these hard working unpaid organizers for the months of work they put into making this event available to the community.

    Response: You mean to suggest a BIG FAT THANK YOU to the inventors and innovators since the race would not be jack without the machines….so, egg before the chicken!

    JL

  68. Evil Ringmaster
    May 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Ahem,

    Anyone who started the race early broke the “official” rules! I do believe over 75% of the racers started early because “someone” set off the siren early. All racers who started early should be stripped of their awards and the awards should be given to the genius behind the fake siren…

    P.S.: The darkness is rising!

  69. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    May 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Cheers to hoping this is all part of the kinetic mirage and all these comments are baseless; but alas, local figureheads, power struggles, personal vendettas and all things community events reported by The Humboldt Herald.

    JL

  70. Sick Of The BS
    May 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Who should own the race?

    No one!

    What a horrible legacy to carry on. This is why the race almost did not happen before Kinetic Universe volunteered to take on the daunting task.

    Hobart was suing people for running the race. Now, here we are again 5 years later with his son, doing the same thing.

    What a shame.

    What a shame it is, that the Krause family are taking advantage of Justin, and using him to carry out their selfish endeavors.

  71. Sick Of The BS
    May 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Child services should look into the Krause families activities as parents.

    Eureka High should should apologize for using funds to sponsor such disgusting behavior bey these children and their parents.

    Shame on them!

  72. May 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Fun is fun and for over forty years we have been proud of our Race. But don’t

    forget the time and creative labor put in by Flatmo and others. And all the non

    racers who sustain the complicated fun/organization. Thank s to the glory seekers

  73. HumboldtRick
    May 31, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    For the Glory, Sick of the BS, et. al.:

    There have been kids competing in the race for over 30 years, from elementary school to high school teams, without any major incidents or insurance problems. Generally, drunken adults create more hazards that the kids.

    Do you know that 8-year-olds can race dragsters at the Samoa Drag Strip? These are MOTORIZED VEHICLES that can go from 0 to 50 mph in seconds. Seems to be no insurance problems there! And how horrible are parents that let their kids participate in such a dangerous activity??? (Sarcasm, for those who are humor-deprived.)

    I guess kids shouldn’t be allowed to have fun, to learn some engineering and building skills, to develop artistic talents, to get exercise and fresh air, or to have an glory, either.

    Perhaps the queens don’t want kids around to interfere with their mini-Burning-Man drunken campfire orgies. (Eeeeeeeewwww!) Just a rumor I heard.

  74. HumboldtRick
    May 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    End of 1st paragraph: “…than the kids.”

    End of 3rd paragraph: “…any glory, either.”

    Sorry for the typos.

  75. skippy
    June 1, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Kudos to the racers, Queens, officials, volunteers, parents, teens, and others (you know who you are!)helping put this race on for dear Humboldt. Thank you all. But things took a turn towards the quirky today:

    Monica’s own Queen Mother, benefactress of our locally beautiful and totally relaxing Beachcomber’s blog, reported penning a letter to Eureka City Schools Superintendent Gregg Haulk:

    “Mr. Haulk et al,

    Is it true that, during this year’s Kinetic Grand Championship, a Eureka High School sponsored EAST sculpture was piloted by students under the age allowed by the rules? Were false documents really provided by parents, condoned by teachers, so that said students could participate? Really?…

    … My involvement comes from being the mother of Monica Topping who was beat up publically as the figurehead of the Race organizers. She had to deal with these people, was threatened and intimidated on the Arcata Plaza in front of Arcata Police Sgt. Dave Brown and with “EHS” emblazoned on the sculpture. I’ve been a Glorious Spectator of the Kinetic races in all of its incarnations for the sixteen years we’ve lived here. This took a real ugly and evil turn in a way that I’m not sure even the Great Razooly would approve.. But it got ugly with Eureka High’s permission. This is how you raise the responsible kids of the future?…”

    –Hmmm. If you’d like to read the rest of her letter in its entirety, Glory… In the Eyes of a Young Girl, please head on over to A Beachcomber’s Blog, here.

    But wait! Does this plot thicken? Natalie pens this topper about the contentionally righteous Tigers and Amazons Krause family team who confronted the original age-issue controversy this year:

    “Congratulations to Tigers and Amazons for winning the Spirit of the Glorious Founder award, chosen and presented by Justin Hobart Brown himself at last night’s awards ceremony! What a fabulous, wonderful year of Kinetic ingenuity, happiness, glory and a touch of madness. I’m so happy to see the adults having fun to inspire the next generation, and am honored to have shared it with you all! What an incredible Humboldt County legacy that we are all continuing in our own special way.”

    Hmmm. Can this possibly be? The Krause family, long-time contributors and loving participants of Kinetic racing madness fame, notably honored for persevering and simply not quitting given the uphill face of adversity, disadvantage, and racing rules?

    Skippy isn’t sure who’s actually running this race, but Hobart himself would have been mightily amused and chagrined. Only in Humboldt. Bravo!… to all.

  76. 06em
    June 1, 2011 at 6:23 am

    “have fun” “to learn some engineering and building skills” “develop artistic talents” “to get exercise and fresh air” “to have any glory”

    Now exactly which of these things is a 14 or 10 or 6 year old banned from in the race rules? None of them, of course.

    As for 8 year old drag racers, they are part of a junior league with slower speeds, etc. They don’t race at the higher speeds with the adults. Kinda like how the Mother’s Day race on Ferndale’s mainstreet allows underage pilots but the 3 day Arcata to Eureka to Ferndale race doesn’t.

    Isn’t it funny that kids can participate in all sorts of ways (except piloting) in the three day race and can pilot in the mainstreet race and this has all been worked out and evolved in the rules over many years to most everybody’s satisfaction, but now suddenly 14 year olds are being oppressed? Sheesh.

  77. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    June 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Parents and how they raise their children.

    Interesting argument discussed before, rationally.

    Is this why adults (race officials and rules committees if so lucky) fail society moreso in today’s reality? So, whose parents failed the race organizers and created power and control freaks that displace human opportunities with prejudice?

    JL

  78. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    June 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Anonymous says:
    May 31, 2011 at 9:28 am
    Okay Henchman, you pony up the money so this legal issue regarding insurance and liability for the race organizers can be put to rest. Until you do so, please stop with the self-righteous pontificating about your discrimination fantasies. It’s baloney. It’s sad that you think the worst of people when there are reasonable and benign explanations for just about every one of your conspiracy theories.

    Response: Very non-transparent observation, yet intentionally false like so many by those respondents who are supportive of those politically and socially motivated community schemes….

    JL

  79. skippy
    June 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    An interview that really didn’t take place with the Tigers and Amazons’ Krause family speaking out: Father Al, daughter Sara, and compiled from a NCJ remix respectfully offering their points of view from the recent Kinetic Universe race:

    Al, what’s your history kinetically running this race? Any experience?
    My mother ran the race from 77-86, when I was a teen. Our home was kinetic central, in those days there were twice the number of sculptures in the race. I was on the rules committee from ’77-90 and a steering committee member in ’96-97. 22 years of participation as a pilot, so yea, I think I know how a good race is run.

    What about that age requirement for racers?
    This very year there was a 2 year old that was taken down Deadman’s Drop… There were several high school teams and none of them were asked for their birth certificates. This new requirement was directed at our team because they don’t want us winning anymore… There has been at least one pilot under the age limit every year for the last six. Mason was allowed to race in violation of this rule, and even steer the sculpture the entire distance. “Whirred Peas” had an 11 year old pilot last year as well.

    The age limit is knowingly not enforced if the Kinetic Universe likes you. Mason’s mother told us their entry forms always said he was 17 and she 29. KU knew about our entry well in advance and we were told that it would be overlooked like all those other children on sculptures. The night before the race I called to confirm our entry and there was no problem with the team until we got to the plaza. We were on all the sheets that were produced in advance. There were several other teen age teams out there from other high schools, none were asked for ID. This is all on Monica, we were cleared until race morning when we were then refused.

    –And was there nearly an accident on the freeway involving your daughters, Tess and Sara, piloting the Tigers and Amazons sculpture, Al?
    That thing on the freeway never happened; the “other car” was ours, nobody slammed on any brakes, we had a car in front and behind the sculpture. I watched the pass from in front, my wife from behind. Totally remember the pass because it was the Queens…

    Sara, you and your sister were criticized for spinning in circles fully soaked for 45 minutes in freezing cold water with no steering and yelling to the sheriff posse boat to come rescue you on that third and final day. As a minor, well, is this child endangerment?
    Excuse me, I was there. If you were there as well, you would know that everyone out there was blown in circles, not just my sister and myself, and when we realized we were not going any further we attempted to free ourselves from the mud in order to keep from fouling our prop further.

    We were up to our knees in water, there was no way we were drowning in maybe three feet of water. At no time were we fully soaked. Tess and I handled things very well for being teens in the circumstances and we do not deserve to be treated like this simply because we weren’t strong enough to get our machine out of the mud alone.

    And if you were so concerned for the well being of Tess and I, why did you not paddle out to help us from the oh so dangerous sand bar?

    Sorry. Another argument is that you and Tess, along with 75% of the racers, started the race early– and should be stripped of any ACE award.
    Tess and I boarded our vehicle as the real noon whistle was sounding, does this mean I should have been awarded my ACE wings?

    Any tantrums or ‘shameful’ behavior present on the Tigers and Amazons team, Sara?
    That’s really classy bashing on a young girl and her family. You deserve a medal! …There is a difference between tantrum and passion. It’s okay, I understand that you do not see it, for I would honestly be surprised if you knew up from down. I hope you feel really big.

    Er… well put, Sara. Please consider skippy humbled and chastized.

    Thank you, Al and Sara, and congratulations again on this years race, winning the Spirit of the Glorious Founder Award, and being the close and loving family that stuck together and piloted Tigers and Amazons throughout. We hope and look forward to seeing you race again next year.

  80. Anonymous
    June 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Anyone interested in organizing the skyrocketing number of poor families for an annual parade?

    Apparently, it’s the ONLY way local media Will notice them.

  81. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    June 2, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Good idea 7:01 am,

    assembly and marching is free and constitutionally protected when done safely and peaceflly within a public row.

    Thanks Skippy for the update – The Krauses are “good folks” who raised their kids properly and with love! Leave it to “outside” adults to taint and minionize others to spoil a good time and fun for any family.

    Social vendettas are community destroyers, think about that for a moment.

    JL

  82. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    June 2, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Jean Doran,

    good words but also, it is true that some long-timers have morphed their souls toward pandering for social and political popularity, especially since Hobart is no longer involved. Think about that for a moment – people trying to usurp the fame and glory popularities of the race for their personal boastings and business opportunities…….

    JL

  83. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    June 2, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Sick Of The BS says:
    May 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm
    Child services should look into the Krause families activities as parents.

    Eureka High should should apologize for using funds to sponsor such disgusting behavior bey these children and their parents.

    Shame on them!

    Response: reads like a government worker or evil-minded fracktard. Anyhow, ditto for those early-bird parents who go to work and leave their little darlings home alone. Yep, more child services work there to be done since soooo many mommies and daddies both favor working over raising their kids appropriately and properly. Money more important than love, apparantly.

    JL

  84. Al Krause
    June 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

    thanks JL
    We decided when our kids were growing we didn’t want them alone each afternoon so made a life for ourselves with a home business, our kids come home after school each day to a home with parental supervision and bring their own “latchkey” friends here, because it is a safe place and there is food.
    We have dinner at the table every night, not in front of the tv, teach our kids good manners and discuss the issues of the day whether they be global politics or local issues. We host our extended family (Grand parents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins) for a “family values” dinner once a month often bringing other family friends to share our togetherness.
    Raising kids is hard and also a joy, our oldest served his country in the Army receiving the “US Army Achievement Medal” upon his discharge, our oldest daughter graduated from St.Marys and got her teaching credential as well as continuing on to get a master’s degree. Tess is obviously a gifted artist who plans to continue her art education and Sara we think is a little engineer, altho she has expressed an interest lately in law.
    All our children have a solid sense of fairness and highly refined “bullshit detectors” I tell my kids every night at bedtime that I love them and they are smart and strong.
    I am proud of how they stood up for themselves and how well spoken they are. All parents should be so lucky. Funny how the majority of the Kinetic Universe board, organizers, high profile racers and most of the current Rutabaga Queens have no children, never signed a parental consent, never said their kid was 11 instead of 12 to get the cheap ticket at the (name your event), never saw the excitement grow about a goal and see it achieved and the reward is doing it and doing it well. Seems like the group running the race these last few years doesn’t remember being kids either.
    We will continue to coach the EHS Kinetic team with the approval of the school who believes kids need exactly this type of learning experience to grow up and face the challenges of being adults. I don’t think we are doing too bad of a job since the team has won the Overall Award two times, 1st place speed many times, engineering and the teddy bear award as well. Every team has been an ACE team and finished the race with a great respect for the other racers.
    Our girls sat at the awards dinner with their team and cheered on the other winners with grace and style even after being given back the check and registration papers by a Kinetic Universe board member when we first sat down. They knew they couldn’t take away the experience and the knowledge that they ACED and were the fastest even if they didn’t get recognized for it.
    When Justin awarded them the Spirit of the Glorious Founder Award half of the Queens stood up and left the room and the rest turned their backs.
    While none of our kids ever were bullied in school this situation seems like a clique of mean girls on a power trip.

  85. chelsea
    June 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I will continue to stand by my kinetic family and hold my head high knowing we are doing the right thing…the truth will come out, it has a way of doing that. Some of us get that it isn’t about what it has become the last few years with the excesive “fundraising” partys that seem to get more attention than the race itsself…also note that it is the wonderful voulenteersthe true heros on the ground that make this hapen…not the fake heros who where to busy seeking their own personal glory. My dad’s dad won the 2nd and 3rd race…my dad raced with him, I have been involved and my 6 year old is a kinetic kid. For some of us it is our family our history…its our roots and we will protect what has brought us so many wonderful memories in hope that our childern will be able to pass this amazing experiance down to there children…our future.

  86. me
    June 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Hey Al,
    How old is your daughter?

  87. Al Krause
    June 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Old enough to ride a bike down the road.

  88. June 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    “Old enough to ride a bike down the road” This is whole point. When people start going all: “Lawyer” like they know something about the law, which they don’t. They self-censor. They whip themselves without bothering the master. Wasn’t it Heinreich Himmler who said it’s a well trained dog that whips itself?
    If a minor can ride a bike down the highway; they they can do it during an event.
    I really hate the expression: “We could get sued.” most of the time its pure BS. It’s bad enough there is damn little for kids to participate in. I try to expose my son to live music as often as I can, and So ofter its only for adults. Like you can’t have fun without alcohol and other drugs.
    I feel this whole controversy is the result of the attitude of fear that permeates today’s society. People are scared of everything, and they want to “Carpet” the world. Insurance companies would have you believe that if you pay them enough money, you can be protected from danger, and Lawsuits. And who does the suing? Why they do of course. It’s a protection racket beyond belief. and who do they protect us against? Themselves, that’s who. Al Capone would be impressed with the level of sanctioned criminality in today’s society.

  89. Random Guy
    June 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Very well said, moviedad. I completely agree.

  90. me
    June 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Al,
    I was just curious because the news report was that the officials were shown a birth certificate showing her age as 16 but they were claiming she was only 14.

    My son is sixteen and doesn’t have a drivers licence so the only proof of age I would have for him is a birth cert.

    By the way, I have no problem with kids doing this. I rode my bike most of the way from San Francisco to Fort Bragg and back when I was 15. Just me and my friend. Great trip.

  91. Chicken Little
    June 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The Kinetic Drama Queens are ruining Hobart’s legacy. Constant war first with Hobart and now with his son only to be followed by chasing off the kids. Just as Charlie Chaplin was hijacked by IBM, Hobart has been hijacked by a bunch of self-serving egomaniacs. Tragic Kingdom.

  92. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    June 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    “I am a jerk who is a volunteer, so it can’t be me in the wrong.

    That is what it is for those few “hoodwinking” volunteers who use their position to do wrong; then, when caught, use the excuse (or have others make it for them) of being a volunteer and if it was not for volunteers doing all these great and wonderful things (usually goes without saying), none of this stuff, blah, blah, blah …..such the logical come-back retort for a job not well done by the few.

    JL

  93. LuvliLilNurse
    June 3, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Yay Tess and Sara!! You are the unofficial winners of this year’s Kinetic Race and there are hundreds of us out here singing your praises and who have your back. Can’t wait to see what the Krause Family does next year – For the Glory!!!

  94. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    June 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

    It is good to know good people still exist! Thank You Alice and Al and family. Whether you realise it or not, many people are grateful for your efforts over the years in showing what a loving familiy can be like. Now, if so many more irresponsible parents can re-direct their efforts, the world (community) would be so much more positive.

    It is not that ironic that today’s reality (actually for a couple generations now) many kids grow-up to be asshole adults who would lie, cheat and steal at a moments glance for personal gain. These low-life adults also participate in the community as volunteers, public officials, public employees, business ownership, etc… no type goes unscathed, imo; and, there are many to choose from, lots of flavors and colors to select.

    Communities need more Krauses and less child-kid-adults.

    JL

  95. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    June 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

    communities need less of these wannabe “high class” types,

    John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina and presidential candidate, was indicted Friday morning by a grand jury in Raleigh on charges that he violated campaign finance law during his 2008 presidential campaign.

    Multimedia Document
    Indictment Shows Six Counts Against Edwards

    Mr. Edwards is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court in Winston-Salem, N.C., at 2:30 p.m. before Magistrate Judge Patrick Auld.

    The grand jury, which has been investigating the case for two years, indicted Mr. Edwards on six counts — four involving illegal payments, one involving conspiracy and one involving false statements. “Mr. Edwards is alleged to have accepted more than $900,000 in an effort to conceal from the public facts that he believed would harm his candidacy,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said in a statement. “As this indictment shows, we will not permit candidates for high office to abuse their special ability to access the coffers of their political supporters to circumvent our election laws.”

    Now, how many voters voted for THIS DUALOPOLIST???

    Anyhow, notice how the government spokesperson mentions why they are investigating? Because it is a “high office”.

    So, how high is the office for a county supervisor or a city council member, let alone an organized community event with so much in the way of its political social posturings by the well connected? ronic how politics is festering in so many ways, even when its just a social gathering event.

    Just wondering.

    JL

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