Fancy yourself as a mechanical genius? Have you watched “Mad Max” in amazement, and wished you could drive some of the machines in the movies, wondered at the genius of “MacGyver”, or longed to build a real Heath Robinson vehicle?
If so, you’ve about 10 months to work on your special project and enter the Steampunk Parade in Thames, Waikato, where the town’s Steampunk The Thames group shows off its amazing machines, all the while dressed in costumes which are a mixture of Mad Max meets Victorian.
The purpose of the society is to “explore the Victorian, engineering, industrial, scientific and technological heritage and future of Thames through the arts”, while encouraging artistic expression, education and mentoring – and it seems, having great fun while building a good community spirit.
Whatever, anything goes, especially as far as vehicles are concerned, and it’s a great long weekend, held next year from November 9-12, and also incorporates lots of other events, including a grand ball. More details at www.steampunkthethames.org.
However, we at Motor Equipment News were far more interested in the magical machinery. Here’s a sample.
This looks a bit like a two-wheeled Dalek, complete with ray gun!
Brian Connors swapped his Holden Commodore police car for this special “tinker” motor bike, with a cut-out so his dog Zak can ride along too.
Talking of cop cars, this is a tiny Subaru 360 circa 1958 which traditionally leads the parade. The 360 is a tiny rear-engined car, Subaru’s first, that’s been designated a mechanical engineering heritage item by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Get out of the way or I’ll blow you off the road.