Northern Doom!

Saturday, December 09, 2006


See post somewhere below for the email address..


Monday, December 04, 2006

Mook's Trip Report

Comrade Mook of the Sydney Rocketeers graced us with his presence for RCDNT2.
He kindly sent the following when I asked him to write us a brief trip report:

‘Visit to RCD NT #2’
I was lucky enough to attend the second rocketcar day in the NT a couple of weeks ago and made the following notes on the back of my hand:

Extremely hot in Darwin. Best not to venture anywhere too far, too fast or too often
Good turnout with 19 cars.
Food category strongly represented with carrot car with goon valve wheels.
Tropical roads have a big camber (humpedness).
Cars hate camber.
A little drogue goes a long way.
Flying number plate: not worst car idea ever (see the results of the inspired “The King” as evidence).
Last year's winner went backwards: note to self, sabotage previous year's winners if necessary.
Is hot hot hot
Could advance interstate rivalry to a frenzy.

Sadly the rest of my notes were erased from my hand due to the sheer amount of sweat I generated due to the heat, which I mentioned earlier.



Thanks for the special comments there Mook.
Anyone else have anything blogworthy?


Mook Pics

The Originat0r has some cool pics here.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


From Andy: Flickr Pics

Sunday, November 26, 2006


Contraption Feet Constructor(s)

King of the Road 118 Elendil
The Flying Rod 113 Dan
Monster Luck 109 Dave
Gohan 103 Maryke
Son of Natural 91 Mook
That Way 80 Andy
Burnstein 75 Lea
Flew a Brew 75 Lurch
Block & Roll 73 Fiona & Darren
Uke an Win 67 Juz
Thomas 52 Dave
Fat Bastard 50 Sam
Drug Fuct 43 Kat
Eeyore goes Bananas 39 Lea
Bugs Bunny 33 Noodle
Car 28 Bianca
Suicidal Stromtrooper 25 Leroy
Just Married 19 Noodle
Led Sled -15 Mick

A noticeable headwind persisted throughout the contest today, hence the less impressive distances when compared to last time.

Congrats to Elendil for his winning number-plate.

Commiserations to Mick for his (negative) result with Led Sled.

Catch of the day went to Mook, who caught a C11 engine on the full when it popped from Juz's vehicle.

Lastly, a very special mention to Sam, who sent me the following text later in the day:

"One of my wheels was jammed from my first run. That's why it went so retarded after that. Fuck! I should have checked it."

Not a bad mid-field placing of 50 feet, considering that.

Thanks to everyone who showed; spread the word, and next time bring more spectators.

We are yet to decide on the date for the next 'un...give us a few days to think about something other than rockets.

If we wait for Dave then it'll be some time in March or April.

Thanks again for the effort,

The Organisers.

King of the Road

Elvis has left the building

Congrats to Elendil for his win with The King. (One hundred and something feet with a big headwind)
I'll post detailed stats when I'm recovered.

Pics and vids soon (As soon as you mob email them to me)
Email all vids and pics to ( rcdnt2_pics @ )

Thanks everyone!


Friday, November 24, 2006

RCD6 Montage Video

Click here

Monday, November 20, 2006

YouTube version of RCDNT1 Video

Click here

Sunday, November 19, 2006

C6 engine dimensions

18 * 70 mm



Saturday, November 18, 2006

7 Days to Go

Raphael Road Winellie, between the power pylons, parallel to Tiger Brennan.
10 am sharp.

Please let me know if you need rocket engines reserved for you.
(See note below re new C11 class)

(Did I mention 10 am sharp?)

See you there!

Rocket Engines - New Ones!

Yes it's true!

I thought we'd spice things up a bit this I have purchased some C11 booster rockets, for the ultra hard-core of you out there.

See comparative thrust curves below:

Or look here for more details:
Estes thrust charts

Sunday, November 12, 2006



We have some footage from RCDNT01!

Short version - 3.2 Meg
Full length - 16.6 Meg
Low bandwidth - 5.5 Meg

You watch.

(Any probs viewing, please let me know)

Friday, November 10, 2006

More info

26th November
Arrive at 10am or earlier for a 10:30am sharp launch.
(Because it's so damn hot this time of year)

Somewhere in Winnellie

What to bring:
Spare bits for roadside repairs
$$$ for engines
Hat (It's friggin hot I tell ya!)
BBQ goodies (To be confirmed)
Cameras (Please please please, bring a camera...take lots of video, send it to us!

Construction of Rocketcars:
Bob the Builder's Tips

Source for Estes engines
We have approximately 30 "C" size engines available at the bargain price of $7 each. Send us an email if you would like to reserve some.
Please be ready to pay on the day - money talks, beggars get a silly car with no engine.

If you want to try an oversized "C11" engine please contact Dave.

Wheels etc are available from Yee's in Stuart Park, but get in now to avoid disappointment. (Last time we cleaned them out!)

If you build it, they will come.

RCDNT V2 - Build it, Race it, Break it!

(Or something similar. I'll edit the title when I get the correct wording from E.)

Just over 2 weeks to go, people!

Rumour has it we will be facing some serious Southern competition - Mr Mook has gone all high-tech with some metallic creation of his.

Time to pull out collective fingers out and show some Territory Pride.
(Either that or make a piss-poor half-arsed attempt, doomed to failure)

I have it on good authority that there will be some video goodies of RCDNT #1 up here _very_ soon.

I also heard a whisper about an impending RCD in Melbs - so if any of you Mexican mob are interested, send us your details and we'll pass them on.


Saturday, October 21, 2006


Ok - set your countdown timers...we're looking at Sunday November 26th!

Same location, same rules, more cars.

We'll start updating here soon...hopefully our video of last time will be up shortly.
Spread the word, Rocketeers.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Nic's Pics

Click above for Flickr pictures

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Dave's Pics

A stupid drogue and weak axles gave Thomas an amazing distance of 11 feet!

It must be true that having a driver helps...Yoda used the force to win

Buddha was too fat for any distance records..but Juz gets points for creative use of a breast-enlarger

Territorian Rocketeers and observers

The essentials

Bent axles were a common problem

Maryke and "Gohan"

Another shot of the blasting machine!

Here we see the Buddha-mobile AKA Popemobile, Tullmeister, The Rat & Cream Dream AKA Faecal Fastie

Noodle E String as safety marshall


The punters

Bye-bye wheel

Congrats Mick and Led Sled - Good luck for next time - we're all gunning for you

Monday, August 07, 2006

Pix from the Track

Here's the Led Sled, clear winner on the day at over 200 feet. This was taken before an unfortunate meeting with the gutter, something that happened to a few of us after the ski club last night.

Damon, admiring the fine lines of his balsa wood creation "the Tull-Meister".

Pit lane before the race. A good cross section of most of the field.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


What a turnout!

Thanks heaps to everyone who showed up...
Thanks to Noodle, Kat, Jules and Phil for their help with running things.

Basically Mick shat it in with "Led Sled"
Lots of stuff disintegrated.

It was good.

Pics and vids soon
(Send us footage and stills if you have any)

The RCD Lads