We’re so thrilled that Louisville based hackerspace, LVL1 will be joining us again at this year’s Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! They are driving on up to Chicago to face off against Pumping Station: One, our own nearby hackerspace, in Power Racing!

Ned McNeil of LVL1 explains that Power Racing is where teams take a child’s vehicle, often a Power Wheel, and take off everything but the plastic decorate cover. Then, McNeil explains: “you build a $500 go-kart to go underneath it and slide the plastic shell when you are done. Then you competitively race them around the country.” Cars can also be covered in “moxie” or the decorative stuff that people add to make it more visually appealing. Last year’s race featured the Totoro Cat bus.

Power Racing Frame. Photo Credit: Ned McNeil of LVL1

For this year, they are bringing one go-kart on tour this season. It’s a work-in-progress; they just fished it out of a dumpster. The decorations won’t be finished in time for CNS Maker Faire but when they do, it is going to be a “2005 Barbie’s Cruisin’ Tunes Hot Pink Jeep.” Awesome.

LVL1 had a blast year at last year’s CNS Maker Faire. McNeil explained that they loved the informal feel of the Power Racing at the Faire. Since Chicago comes early in the season, they are still working on their cars and getting out the bugs. McNeil loves talking with the other teams and trying out each other’s cars.  It’s great fun for spectators to watch the teams face off and play games like jousting or snagging rings with pool noodles.

We can’t wait to greet LVL1 and their go kart for a day filled with shenanigans at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire on May 4th!