2013 Rules

The Great Holyoke Brick Race Rules



The 2015 Great Holyoke Brick Race on Saturday, June 6th, is sponsored by Paper City Studios at 80 Race St. in downtown Holyoke. We believe that our “Brick Race” event 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 this 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 brick racecars as can be created to be part of this 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 racecar, using a building brick, cleverly mounted on wheels, designed for racing down an inclined track using only gravity to cross the finish line. Our Brick Race will emphasize artistic creativity and NASA engineering to make the fastest machine to cross the finish line first.

 The Rules of the Great Holyoke Brick Race are:

 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!

 Rules of the Racecar Specifications:

1. Entrants must build a racecar vehicle to transport a common building brick as the main component. A common building brick measures approximately 8 inches in length x 4 inches in width x 2.5 inches in height and weighs between 4.5 and 5 pounds.

 2. The brick used for the racecar may be decorated and objects may be added to it, but it must be visible to the naked eye and not concealed to act as dead weight in the bottom of the racecar.

 3. 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.

 4. You may use any commonly available materials to build the racecar except for sharp, dangerous or flammable materials that pose a risk to spectators and other racers. We reserve the right to ban any racecar that the judges deem to be overly hazardous in the competition.

 5. 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”)

 6. The total weight of the brick racecar, including the brick and all materials attached to it, can not exceed 15lbs in total weight.



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