th_9023f37c05b395037b8cbfb36c4c97bf_brickraceGary Hallgren


Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Registration Here

Race Time: 11am

80 Race St.Holyoke MA.

You are invited to build a brick racecar for the 5th annual Great Holyoke BrickRace to be held Saturday, June 6th, 2015 (rain date Saturday, June 13). This will be the 5th annual Holyoke Brick Race sponsored by Paper City Studios in downtown Holyoke. We believe that our “Brick Race” idea is the first of its kind anywhere in the country, and certainly it’s the first brick race ever to take place in the fine city of Holyoke, Massachusetts.The purpose of the event is to bring together the diverse community of Holyoke and surrounding towns for a day of fun, excitement and creativity for all to enjoy. We want to have as many brickracecars as can be created to kick off our 5th event, and we’d like to invite you to participate by building your own brick racer.

What is a “Brick Race?”
As the name implies, a “Brick Race” involves designing and building a brick racecar that is cleverly mounted on wheels and raced down an inclined track using only gravity to cross the finish line. Our Brick Race will emphasize creativity and the sculptural quality of the racecars as well as making the fastest machine to cross the finish line first. There will be a show of all racecar entrants featured during the Spring Paper City Studios art exhibition and open studios event.

Who can enter?

1.We invite all interested people, of any age and background – artists, students, teachers,mechanics, car buffs, tinkerers, inventors, Library of Congress archivists and compulsive contest enterers, etc. – all are welcome.
2.You may enter as an individual or as part of a group with any number of participants to make one racecar.
3.Entrants do not have to be residents of Holyoke, Massachusetts to participate in the competition, and we will accept entries from contestants worldwide including Framingham, Fargo, Fairbanks, Faskrudsfjordur (Iceland) and anywhere else – build a brick racecar and you’re in!

Racecar Specifications
1.Entrants must build a racecar vehicle to transport a common building brick as the main component. A common brick is approximately 8 inches in length x 4 inches in width x 2.5 inches in height and weighs between 4 and 5 pounds.
2. Since the racecars will travel down an inclined plane using gravity only, you may not use any
extra motors or propulsion systems that would aid the speed of the racecar.
3. You may use any materials to build the racecar including painting the brick. You may not use sharp, hazardous or flammable materials, and we reserve the right to ban any racecar that the judges deem to be dangerous.
4. To fit on the track, the total size of the racecar, including the brick, cannot exceed 10 inches in width, 18 inches in length and 15 inches in height. (You may include lighter artistic elements over 15”)
5. The total weight of the brick racecar, including the brick and all materials attached to it, should not exceed 15lbs in total weight. We’ll get you the full description of the Brickrace with entry form and other details later.

Please email if you have any questions.
Updated website and more information coming soon


Bruce Fowler
Dean Nimmer
Nancy Sachs

Illustration by Gary Hallgren

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