Kinetic Sculpture Race returns to the Ventura Harbor 

event kinetic sculpture“Where art and engineering collide”
Photo by John Ferritto

Turning Point Foundation’s  Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race will be held on October 17 in, and around the Ventura Harbor. This is a free family oriented thrilling, exciting and sometimes humorous event.  Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful harbor or dine in one of the harbors many fabulous restaurants. Launch begins at 10:17am at the boat launch.

The Kinetic Sculpture Race in Ventura is the only Kinetic Race held in Southern California. In 1969, Hobart Brown started the Kinetic Sculpture Race, almost by accident when he modified his son’s tricycle to a five-wheeled, decorated “Pentacycle” and another local artist and gallery owner, Jack Mays, challenged him to a race.

This unique event features people-powered works of art built to travel over an exciting all-terrain racecourse beginning with the launching of the vehicles into the water at the boat ramp on Spinnaker drive, continuing across the sand and around an oval track and ending with a drive through the Mud Pit at Ventura Seaside Village. These Kinetic Sculptures can have over 100 gears, ingenious treading, flotation and propulsion, athletic pilots and mechanically advanced pit crews. These uniquely engineered machines are transformed into moving artful sculptures.

For information on how you can get involved visit

And how to build your own winner visit

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