Maker Faire, Ford Transit Connect and Pinewood Racers

Maker Faire events are weekend wonderlands filled with interactive displays, exhibits and learning projects. It’s a place for inventors, tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, hobbyists, engineers and artists of all ages and all skill levels to get together. And we were in the midst of it, giving visitors a chance to build their own pinewood Transit Connect, race it and have a look at two very cool customized Ford Transit Connect Wagons!

The heart of the Ford booth at the 2014 San Francisco Maker Faire was the Transit Connect Pinewood Race. Work stations presented all of the materials that visitors needed to craft their own pinewood Transit Connect, including seemingly endless accessories for people to show their creative side. In the middle of the display was a racetrack where participants could test their handiwork against up to three others’. Some of the family competitiveness rivaled what you see at professional racetracks!

In addition to the pinewood Transit Connects, there were two very special Ford Transit Connect Wagons for visitors to explore. Hackmobile is a fabricating workshop on wheels. The design was the winner of MAKE magazine’s Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge: a competition between 10 teams to create the ultimate Ford Transit Connect Wagon for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Twin Cities Maker was the winner of that contest, and Ford commissioned builder CGS Motorsports to create the vehicle. Twin Cities Maker is part of a Minnesota-based community nonprofit that operates a shop called Hack Factory, where members build projects and hold classes for the community. Hackmobile has shelving and storage for tools to do woodworking, metalworking and 3-D fabrication.

Happy Mutant Mobile was developed in collaboration with MAKE magazine and Boing Boing, a Web-based magazine devoted to technology and culture. The design was created by Boing Boing editors and is meant to serve as an official vehicle for the website. The vehicle was customized by LGE*CTS Motorsports and features a large screen that can roll down to show outdoor movies, a hood ornament that blows bubbles and LED signs mounted to the roof. The interior is decorated in dark custom woodwork and green leather upholstery. It houses a mix of oddities and knickknacks, a 3D printer, camera equipment, a magazine rack and computer equipment.

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