A Pot Named Spot–Teapot Racing Report

Three things are required in a good racing teapot: speed, agility, and traction. Without these elements, a simple obstacle course can come to quickly resemble a popular murder mystery board game.

It was the teapot, in the atrium, with the candlestick.

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The rules are simple. Mount a teapot to a remote controlled wheeled or treated vehicle of some kind, navigate around three teacups, and over two ramps before exiting the race course, careful not to knock over the candlesticks that served a place markers. Piece of tea cake. This would surely pose no problem to veteran airship pilots. It can’t be any harder than flying, right?

Perhaps it was this very overconfidence that, as in the popular story of a certain tortoise and hare, proved the undoing of so many teapot racing designers. Their pots proved to be too heavy for the vehicles upon which they were mounted, and they failed to mount the fatal ramps. Of the many that entered, few managed to complete the course. Of the few, at least two were docked points for reckless driving. It seems that small and speedy wins the race, but that judges frown upon spilled teacups.

One particular teapot stole all our hearts from the moment it first appeared on the course. A tiny metal pot cleverly mounted upon a sturdy set of tire treads, it whizzed its way through the obstacles and over the first ramp, only to fall prey to its own speed and capsize coming down the very last hill. In desperation the pilot, belonging to airship Circle City Airdome, attempted to fan it back to life, and eventually succeeded in literally blowing it back upright to finish the course. While ultimately it did not win, we will always cherish the courage and fortitude of Spot, the Little Pot that Could.

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