1) keep in the size regulations 30cm wide 30cm high and 40 cm long there is a reason for this – center of gravity.
2) more power is not necessarily better, it can be over kill on the small obstacles as many of the fast rigs have found out to their detriment. They just end up overpowering off the obstacle. Then they take longer and get a penalty for an assist if you had to put it upright. You can’t control the rig easily especially if you get stuck.
3) Wheels need to be about 2 inches high anything less won’t get over jump. Highish gap undercarriage is essential so you don’t bottom out, unless you’re a tank!
4) Keep your center of gravity low or you will somersault backwards on the ramp of doom. Excellent viewing and fun for the spectators however.
5) have a chat to the racers – they will love talking (steampunkers love talking) about their rig and will give you lots of useful hints.
6) Don’t have your table cloth dragging on the ground it gets caught in the wheels.
Salty Sea Dog was on sale from the Warehouse. Caution: some of the cheaper versions only turn one way or you have to back to turn or they have very limited turning capacity – I guess you need to keep your receipt, do a quick trial and return the unit if not fit for purpose. You could spend millions but then are you losing the point which is to have fun and for the sport to be accessible. Its a spectator sport so you want spills and thrills otherwise is just going to be a race. You can do that anywhere! Carry on.